Arvind Kejriwal took questions from people across the country on Sunday in the first edition of his ‘Talk to AK’ show, a Q and A session that was part monologue on his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s achievements in Delhi and part forum to renew allegations against the Centre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP.
Phone lines were jammed as questions poured in for the Delhi Chief Minister, who is prepping to widen his base beyond the capital with elections in states like Punjab, Gujarat and Goa.
The first question came 50 minutes into the show, uncensored. “On one hand you say (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi ji is not letting you work, yet you put up ads worth crores to publicise what you are doing in Delhi?”
The Delhi Chief Minister, in the nearly two-hour-long programme that began with a monologue followed by a question and answer session, alleged that the Centre was trying to “break” the AAP government and that BJP President Amit Shah was micromanaging CBI, adding, “but every dog has his day and all these will soon come to an end.”
BJP leader Satish Upadhayay said there should be an award called ‘The Biggest Bluffmaster’, adding that the credit of lying would definitely go to Kejriwal.
“You said you have saved money in flyovers. There can be no bigger lie than this. I want to appeal to the people of Delhi to take out an RTI to know what its earlier design was and what change took place later on. There are many awards being given in India. There should be one award called ‘The Biggest Bluffmaster’. The credit of lying will definitely go to Arvind Kejriwal. I think ‘Talk to AK’ is nothing but marketing and gimmicks,” he added.
Drawing parallels between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann ki baat’ program and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s interactive session titled ‘Talk to AK’, Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken on Sunday said both leaders were using ‘public money to propagate their own political ambitions’. “Both of them are indulging in monologue not dialogue. Even in the ‘mann ki baat’ it is a one sided affair, and the same was repeated by Arvind Kejriwal. Questions that came to Kejriwal were edited and filtered before putting before him, so that only convenient questions come forth,” he said.