Avoiding Kejriwal: What’s Troubling Modi?

The spat between AAP and BJP escalates as Kejriwal is sent packing before reaching the Gujarat CM’s residence. But the questions he raised in his list deserve a response

Souzeina S Mushtaq Delhi 

Towards the end of his four-day Gujarat tour, former chief minister of Delhi and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal was stopped by the Gandhinagar Police from driving up to the residence of Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat. 

Citing that he had not sought prior appointment with the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, the police stopped his car two kilometres from Modi’s home. After a brief confrontation, Kejriwal’s close aide Manish Sisodia then visited Modi's office to seek an appointment but he was told Modiji was busy all day. 

As he waited for nearly an hour in his car, Kejriwal said he does not have any other option. “They don’t answer questions, they don’t reply to letters,” he said. 

Earlier this morning, Kejriwal had announced that he would drop by to meet the Gujarat CM with his list of 16 questions that challenge Modi’s claim of the so called development in Gujarat. Addressing an open press conference, the AAP leader had said that during his Gujarat tour, what he saw was the opposite of what was being claimed.

“There was a lot of talk about how progressive Gujarat has been, but what we have witnessed in the last two days is the exact opposite. What we saw in Gujarat is quite shocking.” 

Denouncing the AAP’s act of taking a dig at Modi, BJP leader Arun Jaitely tweeted, "AAP's politics now includes the Right to gate crash, the right to a violent protest and the Right to take liberties with the truth.”

Kejriwal’s road show began on the day dates for the General Elections were announced, and since then has landed him in trouble. Yesterday, AAP leaders, including Ashutosh and Shazia Ilmi, were taken for questioning by the Delhi Police after workers from both the parties, the BJP and the AAP, took to stone pelting. The Election Commission had said that they violated the code of conduct. 

Insiders in the AAP say if Modi runs for Parliament from anywhere outside Gujarat, Kejriwal is likely to stand against him. 

Here are the 16 questions Kejriwal wants Modi to answer: