Currency Controversy: AAP Plays Reverse Sweep; Asks BJP To Go To Pakistan

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday played a reverse sweep by asking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Pakistan if they have problems with Hindu deities – Lakshmi and Ganesh.

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By: Alok Singh | Akshay Razdan | NEW DELHI
Updated: 26 October, 2022 6:26 pm IST
AAP MLA Naresh Balyan with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Cricket, the T20 World Cup is on, Politics and Election, starting with Himachal with Gujarat to follow soon. It is a heady mix. And it is showing the effect as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday played a reverse sweep by asking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Pakistan if they have problems with Hindu deities – Lakshmi and Ganesh.

It all started when AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal attempted to stump the BJP with a googly by suggesting that images of Hindu deities Lakshmi and Ganesh should be there on Indian currency notes along with Mahatma Gandhi.

The BJP, which is often blamed for playing the religion card and taking cudgels for the majority community, hit back at Kejriwal. It blamed him for creating political drama ahead of the election in the state of Gujarat.

Reacting strongly to the BJP’s comments, AAP MLA Naresh Balyan said that if the BJP has a problem with Laxmi and Ganesh, Hindu deities of wealth and prosperity, they should go to Pakistan.


In a tweet, he said, “If BJP has a problem with Ganesh-Laxmi ji, they should go to Pakistan.”

Rubbing salt on the BJP, Balyan further said that the BJP will have to chant “Long live Ganesh-Laxmi ji!” if they wish to stay in the country.

“If BJP wishes to stay in India, they will have to chant, Long live Ganesh-Laxmi ji,” he said in another tweet.


Balyan is a state legislative member from the Uttamnagar constituency and an official state spokesperson of the Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party in New Delhi.

Earlier, Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, who is the national secretary of the BJP’s youth wing, claimed that Kejriwal was making a desperate attempt to get rid of his “Aurangzeb” image.

“After Aurangzeb, Kejriwal is the second ruler who put a ban on crackers. His anti-Hindu face is exposed. He sent Hindu kids to jail for bursting crackers. Now just to break his ‘Aurangzeb’ image, Arvind Kejriwal is trying to become a Hindu,” the BJP leader charged.

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal said the pictures of God and Goddesses on currency notes will be beneficial for countrymen and will certainly help in boosting the deteriorating Indian economy.

Kejriwal said the rupee is getting weaker against the dollar and it is not a good sign for the economy.

Even after 75 years of Independence, India is still called a developing country. To make India a rich country, there is a need to build a large number of schools and hospitals. A lot of effort is needed. Efforts also become fruitful only when there are blessings from the gods and goddesses,” Kejriwal said.

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