Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday found himself at the centre of a controversy after sharing an image depicting his party symbol, the broom, chasing away a Swastika. While, the Delhi CM may have thought the Swastika as a symbol of facism, he should have remembered that he is making the tweet in India, where the symbol is held sacred by more than billion profession Hindu, Jain and Buddhist religions.
Someone sent this … pic.twitter.com/IScYDLgwZr
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 20, 2019
Swastika, as a holy symbol has been in use in India for thousands of years, much before the world had heard either of the terms, Facism or Nazism. The tweet, posted at around 10:13 pm, triggered massive uproar on the social media, with the Twitterati slamming the AAP leader for his post. Some even took potshots at him, calling him names and making memes on him in wake of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Delhi unit president and Member of Parliament from North-East Delhi, Manoj Tiwari, lashed out on the Delhi CM and said Kejriwal “berates Hindus and Hinduism when it suits him”.
This is the power of Hindutva.
We Hindus live peacefully. We have never believed in Prachar or Prasaar.
It hurts to see power hungry @ArvindKejriwal berating Hindus nd Hinduism when it suits his vote calculations.#ShameOnKejriwal@CeodelhiOffice should take strict action https://t.co/E3o0kO6zWJ
— Chowkidar Manoj Tiwari (@ManojTiwariMP) March 20, 2019
“This is the power of Hindutva. We Hindus live peacefully. We have never believed in Prachar or Prasaar. It hurts to see power hungry Arvind Kejriwal berating Hindus and Hinduism when it suits his vote calculations,” Tiwari wrote on Twitter.
Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinder Bagga also slammed Kejriwal for his post. “Arvind Kejriwal ji, you have issues with PM Modi, BJP, me – say whatever you want to us… Please don’t disrespect Hinduism… Swastik is our sacred symbol, we worship it,” he reacted.
अरविंद जी आप को मोदी जी से दिक्कत है,आपको बीजेपी से दिक्कत है, आपको हमसे दिक्कत है,आप हमें जो कहना कह दीजिये,हमे गाली दे दीजिए,लेकिन हिन्दू धर्म के चिह्यो को अपमानित न करे, स्वस्तिक हमारा पवित्र चिह्न है, हम पूजा करते है इसकी । https://t.co/23aY9wsdSJ
— Chowkidar Tajinder Bagga (@TajinderBagga) March 20, 2019
Twitter users went berserk after seeing the Delhi CM’s post and came out with scathing attacks at the AAP chief.
Meanwhile, the poll frenzy is escalating across the country with the 2019 general elections less than a month away and the Aam Aadmi Party, under Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, has ruled any talks of alliance with the Congress party in Delhi.