New Delhi: Living up to the “aam aadmi” image, the chief minister of Delhi and the national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Arvind Kejriwal, is mostly spotted donning the common man’s footwear, sandals, irrespective of the occasion. This, however, did not go down well with a Visakhapatnam-based businessman who has sent the CM a demand draft to purchase formal shoes.
Recently, Kejriwal attended an event held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in honour of French President Francois Hollande, wearing socks with sandals, and this apparently embarrassed businessman Sumit Agarwal, who sent the CM a demand draft of Rs.364 to buy formal shoes for himself.
Agarwal also sent a letter along with the money, saying, “So, this Sunday, while scouring the internet for news, I came across an article saying that you met Mr. Hollande at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, in the presence of the Hon’ble President of India, wearing sandals! It broke my heart to see you like this……… Like Hon’ble President (Pranab Da), you too, were representing the country that day at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, not staging a dharna at an Aam Aadmi Party rally at Ramlila Maidan or Jantar Mantar. You’re a grown man. Please act according to the situation & dress for the occasion.”
Analysts are also of the opinion that Kejriwal might have gone too far in promoting the aam aadmi brand.
“At the end of the day it is all brand symbolism. Wearing that footwear is Kejriwal’s way of brand reinforcement. However, he may have crossed the limit in asserting the common man identity,” says Mumbai-based political analyst, Jai Mrug.
Now if this is to become a trend, then another politician should be ready to receive similar financial help.
With her trademark blue and white flip flops, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been taking the Aam Aadmi image forward, way before Kejriwal stepped in to take this legacy forward.