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AAP insults PM Modi for allegedly 'hijacking' tree plantation event

In photographs shared by the AAP on Twitter, posters of Kejriwal were ripped down, police were seen taking photos of the re-done decorations, and uniformed officers were seen protecting the event. The party asked, "What has PM Modi got to do with the program of Delhi govt? What is the desperation of Modi ji to paste his photo?"

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New Delhi, First Published Jul 24, 2022, 3:26 PM IST

The Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday accused the Centre of "hijacking" a tree plantation programme, which Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal skipped on Sunday. What's worse, the party took to Twitter to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi and used a demeaning term for him.

Environment Minister Gopal Rai alleged that the Delhi Police put up banners carrying pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the event in Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary with the last night.

Rai said that the chief minister and he himself would not be attending the programme, asserting that it was politicised.

"Kejriwal government's event has been turned into a political event of PM Modi and he was not even going to attend it...Following the incident, the Delhi chief minister and I have now decided not to participate in the programme," he said.

Sharing a video on official Twitter, the Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday started a trend on social media with the hashtag #टुच्चा_मोदी. The party further asked PM Modi, "What is the desperation of Modi ji to paste his photo?" MLA Saurabh, addressing a press conference, asked, "When Modi ji was the CM of Gujarat, did he put the photo of Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh ji in his program?"

He further said, "PM Modi is so Desperate that 'I should put my picture on every platform'. This used to happen in the film Raja Babu where Karishma Kapoor is seen in the picture of Govinda sometimes as Inspector, sometimes doctor and sometimes lawyer. Modi ji is also fond of putting his photo in the same way." 

Sources at Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena's office said that despite prior agreement to start the plantation of one lakh saplings together by him and the Chief Minister, Kejriwal did not appear at the event.

Sources said that the designs of the banners that were put up on stage were sent to the Delhi government on Thursday, they said, adding that the Delhi administration's objection to prime minister's photo being on the banner was countered on the grounds that 'Van Mahotsav' was a government of India initiative and hence the Prime Minister's photograph was alongside that of the LG and the chief minister.

Meanwhile, the language used by the Aam Aadmi Party to demean the Prime Minister triggered outrage on social media. 

Kejriwal's tiff with the new LG has been growing. In the last couple of weeks, Saxena granted the Central Bureau of Investigation prosecution sanction against AAP MLA and Delhi Waqf Board chairman Amanatullah Khan in a case of alleged irregularities in appointments.
Earlier this week, Chief Minister Kejriwal's proposed visit to Singapore to take part in World Cities Summit was turned down by the Saxena. And then, the LG recommended CBI probe into alleged irregularities in Kejriwal government's Excise Policy 2021-22.

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