Toll exemption for journalists: How Arvind Kejriwal and AAP's 'gift' lacks standard!

We're not toll-erating this AAP-easement!

 |  2-minute read |   06-02-2019
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Every aam aadmi knows the importance of budgeting — go for the sunflower oil that saves you 10 bucks, go for the soap that gives you a free face wash. And the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has done the same with their recent election-results-altering announcement.

For the uninitiated, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP has proposed that journalists all over India be exempted from paying toll.


“Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal writes to Union Minister @nitin_gadkari: Journalists should get an exemption from toll tax all over the country!” said a tweet sent out by AAP’s official handle that set Twitter ablaze.

Whatever Kejriwal’s intentions may have been, the move was soon interpreted as ‘appeasement’, a 'gift', or better still, a ploy to ‘bribe’ journalists for better press.


Soap ke saath facewash free. Tweet ke saath good press free.

Clearly, AAP has run out of party funds. Else why would they need to approach the BJP government for the needful?

Others asked why this Kolavari Di with, say, doctors or engineers, teachers or people who actually listened to their parents, were inspired by Sharmaji ka beta, studied hard and had a real job. But most had a hearty laugh.

As did we.

After several minutes of rolling on the floor guffawing, when we finally got a hold of ourselves, we identified the insult carefully camouflaged behind this supposed well-wishing tweet. Really now, Mr Kejriwal? Exemption from toll tax? Is that the standard of 'bribe' we deserve?

Let’s talk money.

January ended with 50 AAP MLAs refusing to declare their assets to the Lokayukta, calling the RTI filed by advocate Vivek Garg ‘politically motivated.’ “There is no law which forces the MLAs to file the details of their assets and liabilities to the Lokayukta,” said AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj, even as Lokayukta Justice (retd) Reva Khetrapal said: “All Supreme Court judges declare their assets and liabilities. They are not obliged to do so. Every High Court judge does the same. They have volunteered to file and place it on the public domain. They have no obligation but they do it for the sake of transparency and probity.”

The question, therefore, is — why is a party that came to power on the promise of transparency now being so opaque?

And is this perhaps AAP’s way of stopping us from asking the above question?

If that’s the case, Mr Kejriwal, let’s talk villas and foreign vacations. 'Toll exemption' is covered in our conveyance claims.

Finally, here’s a piece of advice. It's looking likely you’ve lost the plot — of Delhi, both literally and figuratively. Could you perhaps maybe just stop proving it every single day?

Also read: AAP yahan aaye kisliye? With a naya AAP on the block, Arvind Kejriwal's woes just won't end!


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