Tweet countering Arvind Kejriwal claim of upset Shatabdi passengers goes viral; controversy as Rail Min retweets passenger

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Published: September 9, 2016 10:51:11 AM

Arvind Kejriwal started his four-day tour of Punjab on September 8, by boarding a train from Delhi to Ludhiana. During his journey, Kejriwal tweeted about the fact that he was on the train called Shatabdi Express, and said that while speaking to the commuters he found out that everyone was against the surge prices in Railways the Narendra Modi government has come to power.

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Arvind Kejriwal started his four-day tour of Punjab on September 8, by boarding a train from Delhi to Ludhiana. During his journey, Kejriwal tweeted about the fact that he was on the train called Shatabdi Express, and said that while speaking to the commuters he found out that everyone was against the surge prices in Railways the Narendra Modi government has come to power. Kejriwal tweeted, “I am in Shatabdi rt now. Spoke to several people. Everyone is against Modi Govt’s surge pricing.” Meanwhile, reportedly, Kejriwal faced many protesters in the New Delhi station as well as in Ludhiana. Interestingly, another person who claimed to be travelling in the same train said that Kejriwal did not interact with anyone during the journey and instead got hooted by the commuters when he boarded the train.

Aakash Gauttam, the commuter tweeted, “I am in same Shatabdi. You didn’t speak to anyone. People hooted seeing you entering in coach. #ShamelessLiar #Kejri.” Most notably, while the tweet by the Delhi Chief minister got 1,600 retweets, the tweet by Gautam was shared more than 6,400 times, including the Twitter handle of Ministry of Indian Railways. This move by the Indian Railway received a lot of flak, as many claimed that it is undignified of a ministry to mock the problems of the commuters. Senior journalist and columnist Shekhar Gupta tweeted, “Fact: @ArvindKejriwal a political rival, but for railways here, a customer. Have to be nuts to insult your customer.” Meanwhile, Kejriwal was also stopped by protesters in Ludhiana and New Delhi, in the presence of police.

Blaming the government for the negligence, Deputy Cm Manish Sisodia tweeted, “He is pushed around in the presence of the police, and they were silent spectators. TV cameras had been called. It is obvious that this was planned.” Kejriwal waded through protesters who shouted slogans against his government, especially against the sex scandal hovering over the Aam Aadmi Party.

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