AAP convener flew out to Dubai on Thursday because he is to be felicitated at the World Brands Summit, accompanied by party leader and senior Supreme Court lawyer HS Phoolka.
However, there appeared a slight glitch on the happy occasion when reports emerged that the 'aam aadmi' was flying business class. And a photo of him on the flight started to do the rounds on Twitter.
— TIMES NOW (@timesnow) December 4, 2014
Kejriwal faced much flak because of the incident since he had so far heaped heavy criticism on babus and netas for living lavish lives and travelling in cars with red beacons. No one can forget how the AAP leader commuted through Delhi in his rickety Wagon R or how he only took autos and trains when he came to Mumbai for campaigning.
So has Kejriwal crossed over to the other side? AAP says no. The party told Times Now that he was 'invited by the organisers to travel business class.
"AAP Chief travels business class which has been paid by the organisers. You have to understand the definition of aam aadmi. Aam Aadmi does not mean he will not travel business class," AAP's Raghav Chadha told Times Now defending his party chief.
Taking a jibe at Kejriwal, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said when he met the former chief minister of Delhi at the Republic Day parade, he was surrounded by policemen.
"I had a privilege of taking his photograph and asking Mr Kejriwal- 'You are a common man and you are surrounded by 60 odd Delhi Police personnel'," Rudy said.
Congress too mounted attack on Kejriwal, saying his real face has been exposed.
"AAP is completely exposed and the real face of the party has been revealed. AAP does not do what it says and does what it does not say. On one hand they talk about the common man and on the other their chief travels in the business class to collect donation. This clearly shows the intention of the party," Congress spokesperson Shoba Oza said.
Meanwhile on Twitter some showed sympathy, some criticised the leader and others just made fun of Kejriwal.
Here's what the netizens had to say:
Ok Just Got to know that today Rupee high by Rs 20 Against Dollar in Early Media Trade bcz of Arvind Kejriwal Business Class tour hahaha
— Kumar Amit (@Ikumar7) December 4, 2014
In an ecosystem where govt engineers have 100-crore diamonds in cistern we are debating whether Arvind Kejriwal should travel business class
— Rahul Pandita (@rahulpandita) December 4, 2014
OMG!!! Kejriwal traveled business class!!! If he played patriotic politics, he'd have his own plane and media coverage :p
— Wildcard Vidyut (@Vidyut) December 4, 2014
So, Kejriwal is not an Aam Aadmi coz he flew Business Class? Nonsense! That is the Aam Aadmi dream! Why should only fat cats fly in comfort?
— Seema Goswami (@seemagoswami) December 4, 2014
Arvind Kejriwal travelling in Business class. This is how AAP spends money they get in form of donations! #kejriwal
— Messiah (@iBhaargav) December 4, 2014
— Deepmala #NaMo (@deepmala_saha) December 4, 2014
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Updated Date: Dec 05, 2014 11:45:54 IST