Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal lost his cool and slammed a BBC Hindi journalist when asked some questions on demonetisation issue during a Facebook Live interview. Kejriwal even questioned the credibility of the BBC journalist and almost called him corrupt.
Arvind Kejriwal is known to have made wild allegations against several individuals in past including some of the richest businessmen of the country. In recent times, he had been severely critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a host of issues.
Following the announcement of demonetisation by PM Modi, Kejriwal has opened a new war against Modi government along with allies like West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. On some occasions, he has even threatened of cash riots.
Kejriwal claims that 55 people have died because of the demonetisation. During the tensed interview with BBC Hindi, Kejriwal lost his cool and started shouting when he was asked how he could directly link the death of people to demonetisation.
“There are some of your brothers, who have some courage and humanity left. They are going and talking to people standing in queues,” he said initially.
When the journalist repeated his question, Kejriwal said: “The people are seeing how honest a BBC journalist is. 55 people have died because of the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 ban. But this BBC journalist says the deaths cannot be linked to demonetisation. This is his honest journalism,” Kejriwal said pointing his finger towards the journalist.
The journalist repeated that this is a serious issue and we cannot directly link the deaths to demonetisation. However, Kejriwal said: “I feel ashamed that journalists like you say that the deaths cannot be linked to demonetisation. How will we link? How did they die? And you say that there is a little inconvenience.”
When the journalist told Kejriwal that one of the Aam Admi Party’s MP had visited BBC office and said that he had asked his driver to stand in the bank queue, Kejriwal didn’t comment on this. Instead, he said, “What are you trying to say? That 55 people have not died?”
Earlier during the interview, Kejriwal had said he doesn’t agree with social activist Anna Hazare on demonetisation. Hazare had supported PM Modi’s demonetisation move.
Kejriwal’s claim of 55 deaths due to demonetisation, however, cannot be verified with any independent agency.