Mrunal Manmay Dash

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been in the news after his arrest for his alleged involvement in the multi-crore liquor scam. The arrest became more significant because of its timing with the General Elections not even one month ahead.

Amid all the brouhaha, an old video has emerged on social media where ace filmmaker Anurag Kashyap can be heard describing Kejriwal as a despot and power-hungry leader.

The video was tweeted by a user named @thephukdi. It shows the anchor asking Kashyap to choose between Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal to which he replies, ‘Kejriwal is a definite no.’

When asked why, Kashyap said he saw it before it came. He then went on to narrate an anecdote when he met Kejriwal during the Anna Hazare movement.

“There was a seminar. Kejriwal was then an RTI activist and he attended it with his associate Sekhar. Sekhar asked him something and while answering the crowds cheered for Kejriwal. He then grabbed the moment and showed his hand towards the crowd approving their cheers and indicating Sekhar that even the crowd was with him,” Kashyap said.

“I saw that gesture and understood that this man (Kejriwal) plays to the crowd. And the way he played to the crowd while he was only an activist and not in politics, indicated that he was definitely going to get into politics. And he actually did that after a few months. I had even told my aides that Kejriwal would join politics,” Kashyap said.

“I told my aides at that time that he will become a Pol Pot, former autocratic ruler of Cambodia. Give Kejriwal power and he will be worse. He thinks he knows what is right for people. He is that kind of a man who thinks he is doing right things for the people but he is actually not. He will assert his decisions and for him the way of living is the way he lives,” Kashyap added.