I always ask people to listen to Manoj Tiwari’s songs, he dances well: Kejriwal

Delhi BJP's alleged that Kejriwal had insulted "purvanchalis" and their culture by mocking Tiwari's songs

Early trends of counting for the Delhi Assembly polls show the AAP leading in 56 constituencies against the BJP in 14. Photo: PTI

After AAP’s official Twitter account went all guns blazing against Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari for his Bhojpuri songs, Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday (February 6) said he never mocked Tiwari.

Kejriwal said he himself watches the Bhojpuri actor-turned-politician’s videos in which he “dances well”.

In an interview to PTI ahead of the February 8 Delhi assembly elections, Kejriwal said wherever he goes, he asks people to listen to Tiwari’s songs.

The AAP national convener was responding to the Delhi BJP’s allegation that he had insulted ‘purvanchalis’ and their culture by mocking Tiwari’s songs.

Purvanchalis are natives of eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar living in Delhi, and they play a vital role in every election in the national capital.

“I have not mocked Tiwari for his song ‘Rinkiya ke Papa’ and instead, I have praised him for singing good songs. I do not understand where is insulting and mocking in it. I listen to Tiwari’s songs. I like his videos. He dances well,” Kejriwal said.

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The AAP leader had taken a dig at Tiwari, a well known Bhojpuri actor, referring to him as a “good singer” who rendered ‘Rinkiya ke Papa’.

Kejriwal made the remarks when he was asked for his views about the Delhi BJP president earlier.

Last month, Tiwari too had said that Kejriwal mocking Rinkiya ke Papa was “insulting” Purvanchalis and their culture.

Purvanchalis are not going to be swayed by the Kejriwal government’s water and power freebies and 98% of them are supporting the BJP, he had claimed.

“Purvanchalis will support the BJP in the Delhi elections because Kejriwal and his party have been humiliating them and their culture,” Tiwari had told PTI in an interview.

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(With inputs from agencies.)

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