Srinagar, Sep 18 - Indian Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh arrived here on Sunday afternoon…
Jatin Gandhi, New Delhi: Minutes after the DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh announced the Indian Army had struck
terrorist launch pads along the LoC, Delhi chief minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal tweeted support for the action. His choice of words was, however, careful.
“Bharat Mata Ki Jai, the entire country is with the Indian Army,” he tweeted in Hindi, just moments before he was scheduled to address a press conference from his official residence: 6 Flagstaff Road in Delhi’s Civil Lines.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 29, 2016
The reason why Kejriwal had chosen not to address the press in the middle of a working day from his office was because he intended to speak not as the Delhi chief minister but the party’s national chief, sources in his office said. He would likely target the Narendra Modi-led political establishment.
Kejriwal’s conference, originally scheduled for 1pm, was quickly postponed to 5pm on Thursday as reactions began pouring in to the government’s decision to order strikes, marking a paradigm shift in dealing with cross-border terror. Two hours later, it stood cancelled.
The AAP did not issue a formal statement on the strikes nor was it called for the all-party meeting at North Block. Instead, party leaders took to twitter praising the army action but without praising PM Modi or the union government.“There is no opposition today. India is One. Let Indian army create history and entire Nation stands behind them firmly,” Kejriwal’s cabinet colleague Kapil Mishra tweeted. And Kejriwal retweeted it.
Mishra even took a swipe at Pakistan, but like Kejriwal, he also did not laud the government.
Dear Pakistani terrorists, you don’t need to cross LOC for getting killed. Army has started home delivery. Special festive season offer
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishraAAP) September 29, 2016
The reason, AAP insiders say, is that Kejriwal is expected to carry out an expose on “a top leader in the political establishment” in Friday’s special session of the Delhi assembly.