Kejriwal goes hyper-nationalist to counter attack over Pak-media support

Jatin Gandhi, New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party founder and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal hit out at Congress

vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday for his ‘khoon ki dalali’ remarks, yet continued to be a major target of the BJP and Twitterati for praise he earned in the Pakistani media recently.
“Soon after Kejriwalji made statement on the surgical strikes, he started trending in Pakistan,” BJP chief Amit Shah said. It brought the focus back on the AAP leader’s original statement that sought the need to “counter Pakistani propaganda” that the September 29 attack on terror launchpads across the LoC was fake.
#PakStandsWithKejriwal was a prominent trend on Twitter, replaced soon with #AKSalutesIndianArmy after Friday morning’s statement.
On Friday, Kejriwal took on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his ‘dalali’ statement, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “hiding behind the blood” of soldier.
Kejriwal’s criticism of Gandhi comes at a time when the Delhi chief minister is himself being lambasted on social media for his statement demanding the PM counter Pakistani propaganda.
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“Our jawans put their lives at stake and carried out the surgical strikes and destroyed terrorist hideouts, we congratulate them. Rahul Gandhi ji has called the army’s bravdo and martyrdom “khoon ki dalaali”; we strongly criticize that,” Kejriwal said in a TV bite to the news agency ANI that he later retweeted.
“I have said this earlier,” he told the TV news agency. “We should forget our political differences and stand with the Army. We should support the prime minister on the measures he is taking for security. There should be no politics on the matter. This is what I believe.”
Soon, Kejriwal’s party workers, volunteers and supports began pushing the video with the tag #AKSalutesIndianArmy.
Gandhi made the statement while addressing the concluding rally of his 26-day Kisan yatra in the national capital on Thursday. They come a week after the surgical strikes were announced, a period in which politicians and their supporters dominated the discourse on Twitter and television.