Kejriwal's Protest 'Theatre of the Absurd': Jaitley

BJP leader Arun Jaitley today termed as "theatre of the absurd" Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's protest and said by calling it off Republic Day has been saved though the Republic has been "weakened".

Attacking the Aam Aadmi Party for the protest which was an "absurdly disproportionate" action to the demand, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said the new outfit lost not only its reputation but also its image as a responsible government and the sympathy among its voters.

"This was a theatre of the absurd. AAP had threatened to disturb the Republic Day because of an SHO not being suspended. It is an absurdly disproportionate action to the demand... At the end of the day, we saved the Republic Day and we weakened the Republic," he told PTI.

He said at the end of the day, AAP is a "big loser" and "lost its reputation".

"It has lost its image of responsible government. It has lost a large amount of sympathy among its voters and it has lost media support and the social media for the cause of an SHO," he said.

Attacking the Congress government at the Centre for making concessions to AAP for ending the fast, Jaitley said, "The government, even though they made a minor concession and bailed out AAP, realised that they want this irresponsible government to continue as they cannot afford another election in Delhi."

Kejriwal's unprecedented dharna in the heart of the capital came to an abrupt end tonight after two police officers were sent on leave under a neat compromise with the Centre over his demand for suspension of five officials for alleged dereliction of duty.

The over 30-hour protest outside Rail Bhavan in the high- security Raisina Hill area that virtually morphed into a demand for control over Delhi police and threatened to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations on Sunday ended following an assurance from the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.

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5/D-50
Jan 22, 2014
10:04 AM
John Milton : Paradise Lost : It is mind that makes hell of heaven and heaven of hell, so said Satan. But when I wrote a comment in TOI : It is media which makes heaven of hell and hell of heaven, it was removed being "offensive ". Be an honest and upright and you are destined to languish in poverty. So the media has preferred to be the custodians of political anarchy and disorder and eat the bread which is buttered with corruption.. Thanks to Apco Worldwide.
Abdur Rehman Patrawala, Surat
4/D-43
Jan 22, 2014
09:30 AM

Why has Kejriwal not removed Bharti from his ministerial post despite the obvious rascism he has indulged in? Obviously Africans dont have a vote unlike other specific minorities, so they dont matter neither to AAP nor to their friends in the Congress.

Why was the SHO from Malviya Nagar asked to go on leave? Because he stood up to the minister and dared to do the right thing? It was an opportunity for Kejriwal to show that he has the courage to 'do the right thing'; instead he chose to bully the government into sending off this policeman on leave for no fault of his.

As usual, some of the other comments here play the man and not the ball; Arun Jaitley is only stating what people at large are also realising.

 
Rajesh Chary, Mumbai
3/D-39
Jan 22, 2014
09:07 AM
Mohan, Kutch
2/D-16
Jan 22, 2014
02:30 AM

Lawyers like Jaitley, are absurd.

The Indian judiciary is a FARCE

Misogynist, Chennai
1/D-3
Jan 22, 2014
12:29 AM

Less so than Modi's Sadbhavana stunt!

Anwaar, Dallas
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