On Sunday afternoon, all eyes were on Yogi Adityanath who took oath as the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. At one moment, it looked like no one take the spotlight away from him in a grand ceremony that had many big faces like Amit Shah and Mulayam Singh Yadav. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Akhilesh Yadav produced a special moment exactly when it was least expected, leaving people in their awe. Before leaving the stage, PM Modi hugged Mulayam Singh Yadav and gave a pat on Akhilesh’s back. The former UP Chief Minister also obliged and smiled in response. It was a perfect example of statesmanship by both the leaders and showed that somewhere Indian democracy has matured.
Watch PM Modi interact with Mulayam Singh Yadav after Yogi Adityanath’s swearing-in ceremony:
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 19, 2017
About maturity, let’s talk about Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who comes from the Indian Institue of Technology, which is one of the prime educational institutes in India. His party didn’t do well in the recent state assembly elections. The counting of votes on 11th March revealed that AAP won only 20 seats in Punjab which was 57 less than Congress that emerged as the single largest party and outcome in Goa was even worse.
In response, Kejriwal took to Twitter to accept his defeat and on 11th March itself said that he accepts people’s mandate. While for other leaders it was the end of all drama, for Kejriwal the real fun began. Since that day, the Delhi Chief Minister has posted or re-tweeted 19 tweets out of which 2 were to wish Holi and Chetichand respectively. Three of his tweets talked about the works done by Aam Aadmi Party but 13 of them aimed at how EVMs were or could be hacked by a party to win elections.
जनता का फ़ैसला सर माथे पे। सभी कार्यकर्ताओं ने बहुत मेहनत की। संघर्ष जारी रहेगा।
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 11, 2017
It is perfectly okay to question the voting procedure as a possibility of hacking these machines cannot be ruled out but there is a proper way and procedure for that. Posting this on social media platform ‘repeatedly’ only shows his frustration and desperation. It reminds of those school going teenagers who keep posting about their life problems on social media platforms just to seek attention even though they know that it isn’t going to make things better.
Nitin Gadkari believes Yogi Adityanath is a true nationalist:
Akhilesh Yadav’s loss in numbers was more humiliating than that of Arvind Kejriwal. His party was reduced to mere 47 seats from 224 in 2012 assembly elections and yet he came out smiling in the press conference and accepted the loss. He happily attended the swearing-in ceremony of Yogi Adityanath and was seen sharing laughter with senior BJP leaders like Ravi Shankar Prasad and Keshav Prasad Maurya.
When PM Modi shook hands with him both the leaders were smiling. Their admiration and respect for each other were visible, something that is almost impossible to imagine in the case of Arvind Kejriwal. Winston Churchill once said, “success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm,” a lesson that Mr Kejriwal has to learn otherwise there is no place for boys like him in a game of men that already has masters like Narendra Modi and Akhilesh Yadav.