AAP clarifies Arvind Kejriwal's controversial Swastika tweet

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25 Mar 2019

Swastika controversy: Nazi, Hindu symbols are different, AAP tells BJP

Facing flak over a controversial tweet which its party chief Arvind Kejriwal put out last week, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday said it was only meant as an attack on German dictator Adolf Hitler.

Kejriwal had shared an image of a broom, his party's symbol, chasing a Swastika, and the tweet was termed Hinduphobic by many, including BJP leaders.

Here's what happened.

Context

Backstory: Without putting much thought, Kejriwal shared controversial picture

Backstory: Without putting much thought, Kejriwal shared controversial picture

On March 20, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted a picture he received as a forward.

The image showed a broom chasing a Swastika, the Hindu symbol used by Hitler's Nazi army, and soon all hell broke loose.

Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari tweeted, "It hurts to see power hungry @ArvindKejriwal berating Hindus nd Hinduism when it suits his vote calculations. (sic)."

Clarification

It was an attack on Hitler, clarified AAP in statement

AAP released a statement to clarify on the controversy and said BJP was building "false narrative" by claiming the party insulted Hindus.

"The tweet was simply an attack on Hitler and his way of operating. The BJP should, first of all, understand the difference between Hindu and Nazi symbols," the statement read.

It added BJP was being foolish by claiming Nazi symbol as its own.

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AAP said BJP should apologize to Hindus

"The BJP should apologize to Hindus for relating them with Germany's Hitler and for simply trying (to take) a cheap shot at the Delhi CM," the AAP said.

Complaint

After Kejriwal tweeted image, BJP approached EC

After Kejriwal tweeted image, BJP approached EC

Notably, BJP had approached the Election Commission with Kejriwal's tweet and claimed it violated the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The saffron party alleged the picture was intended to disrupt communal harmony.

Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta had questioned Kejriwal's intentions and asked what message he wanted to deliver.

"We demand that their party is invalidated and strict action taken against them," he added.

Action

Separately, SC lawyer wanted action against Kejriwal too

Kejriwal's tweet miffed many people. A few days ago, Supreme Court lawyer Alakh Alok Shrivastava wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik accusing Kejriwal of hurting Hindu sentiments. He claimed the post could fuel hatred.

"I request you to immediately register an FIR against Kejriwal under Sections 295A, 153A, 153, 504 and 505 of the Indian Penal Code," Srivastava wrote in his complaint.

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Arvind Kejriwal tweeted a picture of a broom chasing a Swastika. The image sparked controversy as many accused him of being Hinduphobia.

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AAP said BJP shouldn't build a false narrative and asked it to understand the difference between Hindu and Nazi symbols.

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BJP approached EC accusing AAP of violating the MCC. BJP leader Virender Gupta said the party should be invalidated.

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Delhi will cast votes in a single phase on May 12.

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