Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s wife and daughter hit out at the BJP leaders who called him a “terrorist” during campaign for Delhi assembly elections, calling it a “new low in politics.”
"They say politics is dirty but it's a new low. Is it terrorism if health facilities are made free and brought to people? Is it terrorism if children are made educated? Is it terrorism if electricity and water supply are improved?” Chief Minister’s Daughter Harshita told news agency ANI.
BJP’s Delhi MP Parvesh Verma was the first leader to use the term for the Chief Minister during a public meeting. "We hear instances of Hindu women picked up by Muslim men... no action is taken as terrorists like Kejriwal are hidden everywhere. Should we fight with Pakistan terrorists in Kashmir or with terrorists like Kejriwal," Verma had said.
Days later, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said there was "plenty of evidence" to back Verma's claim.
"Kejriwal is now asking with a sad face, 'am I a terrorist?' You are a terrorist and there is a lot of evidence to prove that. You had said you are an anarchist. There is not much difference between an anarchist and a terrorist," the Union Minister said at a press conference.
"My father has always been in social services. I still remember he used to wake us - my brother, mother, grandparents and I, up at 6 AM, make us read Bhagwad Gita and sing, 'Insaan se insaan ka ho bhaichara' song and teach us about it. Is this terrorism? Let them level allegations, let them bring 200 MPs and 11 Chief Ministers. Not only us, but two crore common people are also campaigning. They will show them on 11th February if they cast votes on the basis of allegations or the work done," she told ANI.
Kejriwal’s wife Sunita said people have assured that their vote will go to the Aam Aadmi Party.
“It is very sad that some people from the opposition party are leveling Arvind with tags of a terrorist. He is someone who has devoted his life to social service. People in politics should be mature and not make such statements," she told ANI.
"People are watching how allegations are being put on us. But they assure us that their vote will go only to 'jhaadu'. It is very disheartening to see that allegations are being put on a person who is working so hard," Sunita added.
"This is a democracy. Whoever the people elect, they have to govern. In the past five years, Arvind has traveled a lot to the 70 constituencies of Delhi. People are our family," she added.
"AAP has worked for the basic education and health services in Delhi in its first term. Further, we want to take Delhi to level 2 if given an opportunity again," she added.
The elections for the Delhi Assembly will take place on February 8 and the counting of votes will take place on February 11.
(With inpiuts from ANI)