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Somnath Bharti's hair-raising dilemma: AAP leader takes a U-turn on 'will shave head' promise

AAP leader Somnath Bharti had earlier pledged to undergo the drastic measure should Modi return to power. However, in a surprising turn of events, Bharti now asserts that Modi's victory, achieved through a coalition government, doesn't merit the fulfillment of his pledge.

Somnath Bharti's hair-raising dilemma: AAP leader takes a U-turn on 'will shave head' promise AJR
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First Published Jun 10, 2024, 12:37 PM IST

AAP leader Somnath Bharti has found himself in a fiasco as he made a U-turn on a bold promise to shave his head if Prime Minister Narendra Modi secured a third term. Bharti had earlier pledged to undergo the drastic measure should Modi return to power. However, in a surprising turn of events, Bharti now asserts that Modi's victory, achieved through a coalition government, doesn't merit the fulfillment of his pledge.

Speaking to a news agency, Bharti defended his backtrack and said, "I stated that I would shave my head if he were elected for a third term. However, he has not won on his own, he has won the election with the support of his alliance. I stand by my words. If he did not win on his own, it's not his victory. So, as I said, if he has not won independently, I will not shave my head."

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This development comes after Bharti's confident predictions of an AAP-Congress alliance government and Modi's defeat, which he boldly proclaimed on social media in the aftermath of the exit polls.

Bharti had dismissed the forecasts of a Modi-led victory, vowing that "All exit polls will be proven wrong on 4th June, and Modi ji will not become prime minister for the third time."

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However, with Modi's triumph for his third consecutive term on Sunday, Bharti's detractors wasted no time in calling for him to honor his pledge. Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor issued a stern challenge, urging Bharti to uphold his promise or withdraw from public life altogether.

As Modi and his 71-member council of ministers took the oath of office, Bharti's about-face on his vow has become a subject of ridicule and criticism, showcasing the perils of making bold promises in the political arena.

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