New Delhi, Jan 26 IBNS | 10 months ago

After President of India Pranab Mukherjee in his address on the eve of the 65th Republic Day hit out at the politics of Aam Aadmi Party without naming the outfit or its chief Arvind Kejriwal by warning against "populist anarchy" as a substitute for governance, the AAP said the message was meant for larger Indian politics.

Speaking to NDTV, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav claimed that Mukherjee's address to the nation is being misinterpreted and that he must have bigger issue in mind while saying so.

"I am sure the President meant the larger situation in the country. The country faces challenges of authoratism and dynasty politics. To say that President's address targets AAP is an attempt to insult the dignity of President's office," Yadav told the channel.

The President on Saturday criticised AAP and Kejriwal, without taking direct names, for staging a two-day dharna outside Rail Bhavan against the Central government.

"Equally dangerous is the rise of hypocrisy in public life. Elections do not give any person the licence to flirt with illusions. Those who seek the trust of voters must promise only what is possible. Government is not a charity shop. Populist anarchy cannot be a substitute for governance," said the President in his speech.

"False promises lead to disillusionment, which gives birth to rage, and that rage has one legitimate target: those in power," Mukherjee said without naming Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister, who had sat on a dharna on the street for two days outside Rail Bhawan in demand of Delhi police reforms and its reporting to the Delhi government.

Kejriwal even called himself an anarchist for the betterment of the society.

Kejriwal's law minister Somnath Bharti is also facing flak for his activism against what he called a prostitution racket in a Delhi locality involving women from Africa.

(Posted on 26-01-2014)

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