New Delhi: After a landslide victory in the Delhi Assembly polls, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday paid a visit to the famous Hanuman temple near Connaught Place, surrounded by a sea of supporters. Accompanied by wife Sunita, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and other party leaders, the jubilant leader offered prayers and paid his obeisance at the temple.
While speaking to reporters, Arvind Kejriwal said the party’s thumping victory in the capital was a blessing of Lord Hanuman. Before visiting the temple, Kejriwal also addressed party workers and volunteers at the party office for the first time after he got a clear majority in the Delhi Assembly poll results.
“This is the day of Lord Hanuman who has blessed the people of Delhi. We pray that Hanuman Ji keeps showing the right path to us so that we continue to serve people for the next five years,” Kejriwal said while addressing party workers.
”A new kind of politics has emerged from the Delhi Assembly polls with people rewarding the party which built schools, hospitals and provided cheap electricity round-the-clock”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday, hailing AAP’s landslide win as a victory of India.
From the temple, Kejriwal will go to the counting centre to collect his winning certificate from the New Delhi assembly.
According to latest trends, the Aam Aadmi Party is leading in 63 out of 70 assembly seats while the BJP is ahead in seven constituencies.
The temple controversy
The AAP leader had last visited the temple on February 7, a day before the voting for Delhi assembly elections. However, after the visit, a war of words broke between the BJP and AAP as Manoj Tewari termed him a ‘nakli bhakt’—- a fake devotee, saying that Kejriwal made Hanumanji impure by visiting the temple.
“Ever since I chanted Hanuman Chalisa on a TV channel, the BJP people are constantly mocking me. Yesterday I went to Hanuman Temple. Today BJP leaders are saying that the temple was defiled by my visit. What kind of politics is this?” Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.
Mocking Kejriwal over the remarks, Tiwari said this is what happens when a fake devotee goes to offer prayers at a temple. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had also mocked Kejriwal for chanting Hanuman Chalisa.