Was Delhi CM Kejriwal’s move to sanction prosecution against Kanhaiya an act of counterbalancing?
Bengaluru: After dilly-dallying, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal finally countenanced prosecution of Tukde gang leader and former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar.
The move must have come as extremely painful, given that Arvind Kejriwal and his coterie love to cosy up with gangs of seditious inclinations.
However, a closer observation of the move to permit Kanhaiya to be prosecuted would reveal more. It came on a day when AAP’s leader Tahir Hussain’s involvement in the Delhi riots was untenably corroborated.
The evidence presented was palpable and checkmating. TV screens abounded with visuals incriminating and indicting Hussain. Therefore, Arvind Kejriwal understood that throwing his weight behind the controversial leader would bring him no brownie points. At the same time, even if he had disliked it, it was only a Hobson’s choice for the Delhi CM to expel him.
While everyone began to criticise and censure Arvind Kejriwal for having such a rogue element in his party, Arvind Kejriwal, known to move his pawns with an aim to cajole and appease his subjects, announced that Kanhaiya Kumar would be prosecuted.
In simple words, he ran with the hare and hunted with the hounds, placating and pleasing both the contradictory sides.
However, his move to green signal prosecution has stumped the Congress, journalists with his clique and probably, the Tukde Tukde gang as well!
First on the list was former finance minister P Chidambaram.
He said, “Delhi Government is no less ill-informed than the central government in its understanding of sedition law. I strongly disapprove of the sanction granted to prosecute Mr Kanhaiya Kumar and others for alleged offences under sections 124A and 120B of IPC."
And then, as expected ‘journalist’ Rajdeep Sardesai too vomited his unhappiness.
I would strongly urge Delhi govt to read case law on sedition. Granting sanction to prosecute a Kanhaiya Kumar for sedition may get ‘nationalist’ approval, but defies the very definition of what constitutes sedition. For more, please read: Balwant Singh Vs state of Punjab.— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) February 29, 2020
The sanction comes as the latest endeavour for the Delhi CM in his image makeover. Just before the elections, he sang the Hanuman Chalisa. After winning, he visited a Hanuman Mandir in Delhi. His party is also planning to hold Sundarkand on the first Tuesday of every month.
It would be very safe to guesstimate that Kejriwal has understood the pains and privations of hurting majority sentiments and even though he won a majority in the just concluded Delhi elections, he won’t hazard a chance by taking on the majority Hindus.
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