‘I couldn’t sleep the night Gajendra Singh died’ : Arvind Kejriwal

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, expressed his regret over the unfortunate incident of farmer Gajendra Singh’s suicide. “I was sleepless the whole night when it happened. The crisis could have been handled in a better way,” said Kejriwal while speaking to a TV channel. In his maiden interview after completing 100 days in power, Kejriwal added that, Gajendra’s suicide jolted him and said it could have been avoided if everyone had played their role responsibly, including media and the police contingent present at the spot.

Gajendra Singh had committed suicide by hanging from a tree, at the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Kisan rally, on 21 April. It kicked up a huge controversy, as even after the suicide, Kejriwal continued to address the political rally . In his defence, he said that, from the stage he was not able to see the tree on which Gajendra had climbed.

However, when the body fell down later, he continued speaking. Kejriwal said that he couldn’t announce Gajendra’s death since it was a packed audience and it would have created chaos. He said he cut short his hour-long speech to 15 minutes.

Speaking on the row between him and Delhi’s Lt. Gen. Najeeb Jung, he took a dig at Jung and accused him of dancing to the tunes of BJP. “He is behaving like the polling agent of BJP. The Lt. Gen will go crawling if Amit Shah’s peon calls him,” he said. Kejriwal chose not to talk in detail about the expulsion of former AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashanth Bhushan, saying, it should not have happened and “it was nobody’s fault”.

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