NEW DELHI: New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal draws flak after photographs showed his name being displayed by a formation of children at Independence Day celebrations instead of Jai Hind or any other patriotic messages at Chhatrasal stadium on Saturday.
The development was seen as yet another attempt of self promotion by Kejriwal and many social media users criticised him for his “megalomaniac behavior”.
Reacting to it, Kejriwal said, “Some school students made visual formation of my name during Independence celebrations. I was not at all aware that students would do this. I am told it has been a practice in Delhi government to form visual formation of whoever chief guest is.” He also accepted that it was a wrong practice. “I will stop this practice forthwith,” the Chief Minister said.
Some school students made visual formation of my name during independnce celebrations. I was not at all aware that students wud do this(1/3)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 15, 2015
I am told it has been a practice in del govt to form visual formation of whoever chief guest is (CM or LG) (2/3)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 15, 2015
I agree this is a wrong practice. I will stop this practice forthwith (3/3)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 15, 2015
Later in the day, the Chief Minister Office released photographic evidence saying was to counter “vicious propaganda” against Kejriwal. It released pictures where former Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung name were being displayed by a formation of children at Independence Day celebrations.
“The government, in normal course would not have reacted on the Independence Day, but attempts have been made by certain quarters to show as if a new practice has been started in the placards displayed by children,” the Chief Minister Office said.
It further pointed out that it was unfortunate that a “needless controversy” was sought to have been created where none existed. “The government wants to set the record straight that it does not interfere in preparations for celebrations of events of national importance,” the press statement stated.
The incident has provoked a strong reaction from the Delhi BJP, who accused him for misusing of Independence Day celebrations. They also sought an apology from Kejriwal on this matter. Kejriwal's former party colleague Prashant Bhushan tweeted: "From crores on personality cult promoting Kejriwal ads to "Jai Ho Kejriwal" instead of Jai Hind. Shameful Megalomania!"
Delhi's Transport minister Gopal Rai said the AAP government did not like the idea of having Kejriwal's name displayed at the event. But, he added, they found out it's a common practice to have the chief minister's name exhibited in such a manner.