The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday claimed that its lawmakers were not invited by President Ram Nath Kovind for Independence Day function At-Home held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Delhi MLA and AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj took to Twitter to register his party’s protest on not being invited for At-Home function and said that former President Pranab Mukherjee used to invite them.
“It was a long tradition to invite Delhi MLAs to At-Home function at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Independence Day & Republic Day. @CitiznMukherjee used to invite us but u have stopped inviting Delhi MLAs. Any reasons sir?” Bhardwaj tweeted.
Bhardwaj said that the three-decade-old tradition was stopped after Kovind assumed the office of the President in July 2017.
“Sir, We MLAs of Delhi were always invited by all Presidents before Kovind Ji. After Kovind ji became President, three-decade-old tradition has been stopped. Inviting CM or Leader of Opposition is all together different thing. Why are Delhi MLAs being humiliated?,” Bhardwaj said in another tweet.
However, AAP president and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is yet to comment. The nation is celebrating its 72nd Independence Day today, August 15, 2018.