New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union Minister Smriti Irani were locked in a Twitter battle on Saturday after the former urged women to come out in large numbers and vote for the Assembly polls and also discuss it with the men as to who should get their vote.


Kejriwal, in a tweet on Saturday morning, appealed people to step out and vote, suggested that women should discuss it with men whom it would be better to vote for.


“Please go out and vote today. I especially appeal to the women that just as you uphold responsibilities of your house, you also have to shoulder responsibilities of the country and Delhi. The women must go out and vote and please take the men in your house along with you to vote. Please do discuss it with the men who would it be better to vote for,” Kejriwal tweeted.  


However, Irani slammed Kejriwal over his tweet, saying that the Delhi Chief Minister is anti-women. “Do you not consider women capable enough to decide for themselves who to vote for?” she tweeted.


Later in the day, Kejriwal responded to Irani and said that the women of Delhi have already decided whom to vote for. “Smriti ji, women of Delhi have decided who to vote for. And this time, it’s the women across Delhi who have decided who their family will vote for. After all, they have to run their households,” he tweeted.


Polling across 70 Assembly seats is underway in Delhi. The national capital is witnessing a triangular contest among the ruling AAP, which won a landslide majority in the last elections, the BJP and the Congress.


Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP is hoping to retain power for the second consecutive term. Similarly, the BJP is hopeful to gain a majority by cashing in on the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


The Congress, which was in power for 15 years at a stretch in Delhi under the leadership of former Chief Minister late Sheila Dixit till the party lost to AAP in 2015 polls, will be hoping for a revival.


AAP is contesting on all 70 seats, while the BJP has fielded its candidates on 67 seats and has left three seats for its allies -- two for JD-U and one for LJP. On the other hand, Congress is contesting on 66 seats and has given four seats to its ally RJD.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma