Kejriwal tweets a cartoon, Twitter goes berserk
Going by the reactions on Twitter on Monday, you would think Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is a budding cartoonist and a blasphemous one at that.
All the Delhi CM did was tweet a cartoon published in The Hindu newspaper’s Monday edition.
The cartoon, by Surendra, shows a Hanuman-esque figure — having successfully lit a fire under Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) — assuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi that all attention now has been diverted from the grim socio-economic and security problems confronting the country.
It implies that the row over a JNU event — during which there were protests against the 2013 hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru — was manufactured, or was a smokescreen created by the BJP.
Police arrested a JNU student leader on charges of sedition and seven other students were suspended for alleged “anti-national” activities.
For many in the opposition, the red flag was that it was the BJP’s student wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), that alerted the police to the event.
Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged that the ABVP was involved in the “conspiracy”. Kejriwal said on Saturday that PM Modi was using the police to “terrorize everyone.” AAP workers also accused the Delhi police of using “dictatorial” measures to “harass” JNU students and professors.
All of this, many in the opposition say, to distract the country from the perilous state of the economy, political limbo in Jammu & Kashmir, the opposition ganging up against the BJP ahead of various state polls and a terrorist attack that some say showed chinks in the armour of the Indian security establishment.
The insinuation against PM Modi is far from subtle, but the cartoon is not drawn by, or as someone on Twitter put it, ‘made by’ Kejriwal.