Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal turned 50 on Thursday. Wishes poured in for him from supporters and political leaders alike. PM Narendra Modi and President Ramnath Kovindwere among several dignitaries who wished the AAP supremo on his birthday. However, Arvind Kejriwal has appealed to his supporters and AAP workers to not celebrate his birthday.
In a video put out by ‘AAP Express’, a group meant to share all news related to the AAP party, has Arvind Kejriwal urging the party supporters to not celebrate his birthday, owing to ‘critical’ health condition of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and worsening situation in Kerala due to flood havoc in the state.
In the video, Kejriwal can be seen addressing throngs of supporters in the party office, which was decked up with blue and white (theme colour of Aam Aadmi Party) balloons, While thanking his supporters for wishing him on his birthday and presenting him with bouquets, he said given the “critical condition of former Prime Minister Atal ji, he doesn’t feel like celebrating”. He then added, “secondly, situation in Kerala is worsening due to the floods, and the Delhi government would send in money” to help the coastal state recover from the natural calamity. The AAP chief also urged the “supporters and party workers to donate for flood relief in Kerala”
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is in a critical health condition and being monitored by doctors in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), wherein he was admitted on June 11 owing to respiratory and kidney-related problems. Arvind Kejriwal along with Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia visited the premium medical institute to enquire upon Vajpayee's heath.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished Delhi Chief Minister on his birthday, saying, "May he lead a long and healthy life."
Arvind Kejriwal also tweeted out saying that he received a call from the President of India wishing him on his birthday.
Arvind Kejriwal, a former bureaucrat, rose to fame following his Right to Information legislation against corruption. The AAP national convenor also received Ramon Magaaysay Award for his involvement in the grassroots movement 'Parivartan' using his Right to Information legislation in the year 2006. The same year he resigned from the IRS and donated his award money to an NGO. In 2012, he launched the Aam Aadmi Party, which won the 2013 Delhi Legislative Assembly Elections.