Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Asks Centre to Include Ganesha and Lakshmi Photos on Notes
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked the Centre to include Ganesha and other Hindu deities on our currency notes. His demand sparked an angry response from the BJP. The party called his demand an attempt to hide its anti-Hindu stance. Kejriwal said the economy of India was in a bad shape and the country needed to do something to help it get back on track – and he wanted to do it by asking the gods for help.
Kejriwal pointed to the Hindu gods as being instrumental in bringing prosperity and wealth to people. He also mentioned the importance of Ganesha and Lakshmi, two of the most prominent Hindu deities. Both are known for their ability to remove obstacles.
However, the idea has been met with a mixed reaction. While Delhi BJP MLA OP Sharma has rejected it, a number of AAP leaders have given breathless soundbites in support of the idea. They claim the idea reflects the sentiments of the 130 crore-strong population of India.
The BJP said Kejriwal’s comments were “unprofessional” and “a blatant attempt to destroy the Hindu image.” Kejriwal defended the idea by saying that it was a diversionary tactic to avoid political confrontations.
Meanwhile, the DMK and the RJD have been opposing Kejriwal’s demands. They have accused him of making false claims to stir up trouble among the poor. Nevertheless, the BJP is not backing the idea and says Kejriwal is trying to pit himself against the BJP leadership.
While the AAP’s demands are not completely unreasonable, some observers feel that the AAP will lose some of its voters. Some voters who came from the Congress may not like the party’s politics, and it may not get what it wants. Moreover, it is unlikely that Hindu voters will switch to AAP if it doesn’t get its way. Nevertheless, the AAP’s leaders are confident of its chances of gaining the MCDs.