New Delhi, Feb 14: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is back in news. His Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government completed three years on Wednesday, February 14. Kejriwal, who used to criticise PM Narendra Modi and the BJP government over a range of issues on a daily basis in the past has strangely gone silent in the last few months.
Kejriwal, who has millions followers on Twitter, has not tweeted the word ‘Modi’ even once in the past 11 months. He last tweeted Modi on March 9, 2017. In 2016, he had mentioned “Modi” 124 times in his tweets and 33 times in 2017.
According to political analysts this change have come after AAP lost election in Punjab and Goa and then in Delhi civic polls and a byelection from Rajouri Garden in 2017.
Kejriwal even refrained from personally attacking the PM when tempers between the Centre and Delhi government ran high over disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs in January. The AAP said its lawmakers were disqualified at the behest of the BJP government at the Centre.
While some political leaders who did not accept this, say it is more of a strategy. A senior party leader said the “conscious decision” was taken in a meeting that Kejriwal convened after last year’s debacle in Delhi civic polls. It was a big blow for AAP, which swept the Delhi elections in 2015 by winning 67 out of 70 Assembly seats.
Political analyst Neerja Chowdhury agreed that it “was a definite change in strategy” to stop attacking Modi personally. “It is evident that AAP has lost the trust of the middle class and they need to win back the trust if they have to keep Delhi.”
The AAP came to power in the national capital in 2015 with a thumping majority by winning 67 out of 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly. The party formed minority government in 2013 for a short stint of 49 days and resigned following lack of support on key issues.
(With inputs from agencies)