Someone stole Arvind Kejriwal's beloved car and conspiracy theories are aplenty
But Delhi CM can be sure this is no personal vendetta.
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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is back in the news after a really long time and it’s not a good news; not for him at least. The man, who has called everyone in his vicinity a corrupt thief, has now found more fodder to back this claim. His famous blue Wagon R has been reported stolen, from right outside the government's headquarters in the national capital no less.
Kejriwal’s Wagon R is iconic to say the least. He has, since day one, been in the news because of his austerities and this “beautiful” blue Maruti Wagon R, in which he cruised the city like the common man he claims he is. This car was also a gift. It was gifted to him by UK-based AAP volunteer Kundan Sharma, and was popularly dubbed the "AAP Mobile".
To say that the car was close to his heart would be an understatement. After all, the CM used it to camp and sleep in during his 2014 protest against the Delhi Police.
Of late, the car was not in use by the CM. According to the Hindustan Times, the car was being used by Vandana Singh, the Aam Aadmi Party’s in-charge of youth wing and the party’s media coordinator, and was often seen parked at the party office at central Delhi’s Deen Dayal Upadhya Marg.
Of course, it's well known that Kejriwal and Delhi police share a complicated relationship, mostly because the latter reports to the Centre and not to his (Delhi) state government. It comes as no surprise then that just after his car was reported stolen, he retweeted Arvind Jha’s snide remark: “So much for Delhi police - dhyan kidhar hai!”
So much for Delhi police - dhyan kidhar hai !! https://t.co/os3Z96cZiv— Arvind Jha (@jalajboy) October 12, 2017
Stand-up comic Anshu Mor raised an important point on Twitter. Was it Kejriwal’s failure to fulfil his promises to the people of Delhi that led to karma biting him in the back? After all, AAP had promised providing free WiFi and installing of around 10,000 CCTV cameras in buses, bus-stands and in crowded markets of Delhi to prevent crime against women and generally improve the overall safety standards of this vast, sprawling city/state.
Arvind Kejriwal's car has been stolen. Sadly, they are unable to trace the car because Kejriwalji failed to install CCTV cameras in Delhi.— Anshu Mor (@anshuMor) October 12, 2017
But apparently, that is not the case. Anto Alphonse, additional DCP (central), told HT that the theft occurred around 1pm and was captured by a CCTV camera installed outside the secretariat. The footage, however, was blurred and the vehicle remains untraced.
DCP (central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa, however, told The Indian Express, “The incident took place at around 2.30 pm, and we came to know at around 3:31 pm after the complainant, Vandana, working with the Media Cell of Aam Aadmi Party informed the police after making a call to police control room (PCR). We have received her complaint and started investigating into the case after registering an FIR.”
Conspiracy theories about the car’s theft are aplenty. The most ludicrous of which is this:
It is, after all, quite a stretch to imagine the septuagenarian Swamy of the rival BJP pulling something like this off in less than four hours.
And then there is this as well.
CM'so car theft: Latest drama/stunt of Arvind Kejriwal to press for Delhi Police to be brought under Delhi Govt's control.— Subhash Bhutani (@BhutaniWg) October 12, 2017
UNESCO declared car theft story is a conspiracy. its a publicity stunt organised by Arvind Kejriwal. Point is Car mileage is 5 km per Ltr.— Lmao! Gandhi (@AnupamUncl) October 12, 2017
And because the car is the epitome of his public austerity, and as dilapidated as the perennially coughing and wheezing chief minister, chances are that it would behave exactly like him, aka change colours and take an about-turn in no time.
Why are they worried about Kejriwal’s car getting stolen ?Wherever the thieves will take, it will automatically take a U-turn & come back.— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) October 12, 2017
Delhi police will never be able to find Kejriwal Car! It'd have changed colors many times by now..— Lone Crusader (@seriousfunnyguy) October 12, 2017
Kejriwal's car wouldn't go far. The thieves wouldn't know that it runs on Raaita and not petrol. pic.twitter.com/wY11O59jUg— Aladdin (@Alllahdin) October 12, 2017
Sadly, had this been the case, there would be no fuss at all.
Kejriwal was also sitting inside. Thief returned him but kept the car pic.twitter.com/lf40CrYY9o— IndiaExplained (@IndiaExplained) October 12, 2017
But as far as any investigation is concerned, there is always one person we can all look towards for justice and answers:
Now it's sole responsibility of Arnab to figure out who has stolen Kejriwal 's car. He is the only hope ❤— Sheetal (@itssitu) October 12, 2017
If it is of any consolation to the Delhi chief minister, the chances of this being personal vendetta – the car being stolen because it belonged to him – are pretty slim; more than 30,000 vehicles have been stolen in Delhi this year.