Oh the opulence of Arvind Kejriwal palace

buckingham palace

Arnab had found the villain. It was Arvind Kejriwal. The posterboy of austerity, secretly coveting prime Delhi land. The expose was stunning. Who was this squatter on government property? Quoting because I couldn’t resist 😀

He happily poses for the cameras lying on the streets of Delhi claiming to fight for the common man. He doesn’t miss an opportunity to brag about his simplicity and humility in public meetings. But tonight – a TIMES NOW exclusive report may blow the lid off Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s public posturing. Documents that prove that the Delhi CM’s bungalow drama was all but his making, all along he claimed that he was alloted 2 bungalows next to each other in a posh Delhi locality. But in reality – it was Kejriwal who had sought those 2 big 5 bedroom houses in Delhi’s Bhagwan Das Road.

And of course how to convert it into hypocrisy. Talk about how he had said that he had not asked for the two bungalows. Then EXPOSE how he had. Etc. Usual media tamasha where everything and everyone is for sale – for the right price. What the price is is aresinyone’s guess. Minor glitch. Someone needs to show where Kejriwal said that he hadn’t asked for the bunglaows in order for his accepting them “after claiming not to have asked for them” to be hypocrisy. I recall him refusing a bungalow (not that anyone offered it to him, entitled or not). I don’t recall him saying he will refuse all accommodation for his acceptance to be a sign of falsehood.

And of course that nice perception of the new kid on the block beginning his innings with asking for grandeur. “Within 48 hours of swearing in” etc. Well, he had transferred a dozen officials within 6 hours of swearing in. By the time it was 48 hours of his government, there were audits requested of power companies, shelters announced for the homeless, inter-state permits for rickshaws, 667 liters of free water announced, primary teachers exams canceled and one crore compensation for cop killed by liqor mafia. Plenty of activity to realize that staying in a residential society with this kind of traffic in and out of home would be a public nuisance and security risk for others. Yes? Not exactly entering a life of luxury with demands.

Also, a Chief Minister is entitled to accommodation. Austerity does not mean that Kejriwal’s family must cope with a Chief Minister operating from a one bedroom home. Arvind Kejriwal got elected to serve people, not his whole family. Taking necessary space is not elitism. But the perception being built is that him asking anything at all is greed. Which is either Times Now at its stupidest, or meanest.

So anywt, this chap Apoorv Durga went to see what the fuss was all about and he clicked pictures. You decide whether the non-paidmedia Arnab sold his soul or not – whether to sell scandal for TRPs or more likely to invent political hostility to profit competing political affiliation.

dda officers complex sign


dda officers colony gate


gate of apartment complex where arvind kejriwal lives


plate indicating apartments inside complex


repair work going on at Kejriwal's home


View of lane outside apartment row


Another view of work going on with labourer's kids sleeping in foreground

Thanks to Apoorv Durga for this first hand view of luxury.

It appears that our news anchors have started considering having any residence at all to be luxury, because here’s what Arnab said:

“Two mega five bedroom bungalows each 6000 sq feet built up area, 9000 sq feet of lawns adjacent to each other, total of 12000 sq feet. Now that’s Buckingham Palace type accommodation, plus 18000 sq feet of lawns. Leave that as may, ok, Arvind Kejriwal wanted to live lavishly and I have the papers to prove it. He wanted to live very lavishly. My question is why do you say one thing and do another. You say that I don’t want to live like this, these people were trying to give me the house. I actually said no to it. What kind of hypocrisy is this?”

Hey Arnab, you know what? You’re paid media. Out to assassinate character for your precious advertizing paisa. Or is it your [not so] closet BJP affiliations? So Arnab, the nation wants to know. Did you lie or did you not lie. If you didn’t lie, where have you hidden the remaining of the accommodation allocated to Arvind Kejriwal, and why have you appropriated it for yourself, because according to the site of the British Monarchy, Buckingham Palace is slightly bigger.

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Arnab has the papers to prove Arvind Kejriwal was offered accommodation like the Buckingham Palace. So where is the rest of the accommodation due to Arvind Kejriwal? Is Arnab squatting in it?

Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

Vital statistics: Buckingham Palace is 108 metres long across the front, 120 metres deep (including the quadrangle) and 24 metres high. The total floor area of the Palace, from basement to roof, covers over 77,000 square metres.

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6 thoughts on “Oh the opulence of Arvind Kejriwal palace”

  1. Very detailed articles, yet doesn’t deviate from the topic. Also very neutral.
    You are doing a very good work .. Keep it up !

  2. Shame on you! You should thank Arnab!
    I mean more mainstream media viewers will become disgusted with it and turn to bloggers. You would have more readers!!!
    Just learn from AAP. How they always thank Kapil Sibbal who told them to go make their own party. In the same vein you should thank all the Arnabs on TV – and there are many!

  3. All the initial noise about this was childish IMO, and later, of course, it was plain malicious. First media targeted saying that Arvind K had said “no Govt bunglows and transportation” which he never said. In fact he has been living in a Govt allotted flat only (to his wife). A simple visit to AAP site (http://www.aamaadmiparty.org/page/how-are-we-different points 2 and 4) would have shown that media was just lying. So later it shifted to trying to prove the “luxuriousness” of the bunglows…

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