Kejriwal dubs Balasore train tragedy as curse of Lord Shiva

During his speech, Kejriwal also narrated a story titled “Chuathi paas raja” with the intention of targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his decisions like demonetization and Farm law.

| Updated: 11 June, 2023 4:00 pm IST

NEW DELHI: During the party’s Maha rally at RamLila Maidan, Arvind Kejriwal made a controversial statement linking the Balasore train tragedy, which resulted in the loss of nearly 300 lives, to a supposed curse of Lord Shiva. Kejriwal’s remarks, delivered with the use of political rhetoric and storytelling, were aimed at targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also called the collapse and damage of Saptarishi idols a result of Lord Shiva’s wrath.

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“Observing the actions of the earthly ruler(Chauthi paas raja), Shiva’s third eye opened, leading to the occurrence of strange events. One day, due to strong winds, six out of the seven idols of ‘Saptarishis’ installed at the Mahakal Lok corridor collapsed and suffered damages. People considered this to be a bad omen. On another day, a train accident occurred, resulting in the tragic death of more than 250 individuals. Once again, people associated it with such an ill omen,” said Kejriwal.

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During his speech, Kejriwal also narrated a story titled “Chuathi paas raja” with the intention of targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his decisions like demonetization and Farm law. In the story, he made references to the Balasore train tragedy, attributing it to a curse of Lord Shiva.

“The more times you listen to the story of #चौथी_पास_राजा, the more God’s grace will shower upon your family. By propagating the story of Chauthi Paas Raja, the country and society will progress. That’s why whoever has heard this story should listen to it again and spread it well,” he said.

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The Maha Rally was organized to protest against the Modi government’s ordinance, which curtailed the bureaucratic powers of the Delhi government and went against the Supreme Court’s order on the same issue. Kejriwal has been traveling to different states to rally support and block the ordinance in the Rajya Sabha.

According to AAP leaders, over one lakh people had gathered at the event to register their anger against the ordinance.

The event saw the participation of all big party leaders from Environment Minister Gopal Rai to Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj.

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