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Anti-Modi tweets by Kejriwal vanished post Lok Sabha polls
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who named Prime Minister Narendra Modi at least 20 times in his tweets between April and May, has turned mute over his anti-Modi remarks after the Lok Sabha results.
New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who named Prime Minister Narendra Modi at least 20 times in his tweets between April and May, has turned mute over his anti-Modi remarks after the Lok Sabha results.
While between April 15 and May 15, Kejriwal named Modi in his tweets 21 times mostly in Hindi, he also did numerous re-tweets against Modi and his government. The Chief Minister went on to accuse Modi of trying to kill him and being supported by Pakistan in the elections.
The Aam Aadmi Party chief even questioned the relationship between Modi and Pakistan. Not only Modi, but Kejriwal also attacked the BJP and its Lok Sabha candidates from Delhi several times. Kejriwal, with 15.6 million followers on the micro-blogging site, had also said that Modi was trying to horse-trade AAP MLAs to weaken his government in Delhi.
In one of his tweets, he went on to attack Amit Shah and predicted that "Shah will be the Home Minister" after elections. After the Lok Sabha results, a role reversal of Kejriwal can be seen as a counter to his earlier confrontationist attitude. Interestingly, most of Kejriwal''s anti-Modi tweets were in Hindi and he never tagged Modi while attacking the Prime Minister.
However, post-elections, he tweeted four times about Modi and all in English with tagging him twice. Among the four post-election tweets, one was congratulating Modi over his victory. On May 23, Kejriwal tweeted: "I congratulate Narendra Modi for this historic win and look forward to working together for the betterment of the people of Delhi."
The second tweet came on June 20, when the two leaders met and Kejriwal said both the city and Central governments must work together as he assured full cooperation of Delhi government to develop the national capital. The other two tweets were Modi wishing Kejriwal on his birthday and Kejriwal wishing Modi on his birthday.
The transformation of Kejriwal was interesting as the AAP and the Modi government have been at loggerheads over a string of issues since Kejriwal became the Chief Minister in February 2015. Kejriwal had been very vocal against the Modi government and its policies. The BJP said the AAP chief has changed as "Kejriwal has realised that people are with Modi".