The party later removed the image from the homepage of its website, but hundreds of messages on Twitter and Facebook ridiculing the party for its clear endorsement of India's Prime Minister showed that the damage was done.
"AAP shamelessly using Namo's picture on its website as a crutch to sell itself. Sad really," said a tweet. "Aaj 'Hail Modi' & before Gen Elections it was 'Jail Modi'", said another.
"I'm willing to bet almost anything that #AAP will claim its website was hacked," a third tweet said. There was no reaction from the party on Twitter, where chief Arvind Kejriwal is pretty active.
The AAP even had a statement on the site, which was also removed along with the image. The statement said, "The voters in Delhi have decided. They want a strong Prime Minister which is why they elected Narendra Modi. They now want a strong Chief Minister so that issues like corruption, inflation, better schools, transport and hospitals could be resolved. They want Arvind Kejriwal again."
Even a video showing Kejriwal taking oath as Delhi's chief minister in December last year was removed by the party from its website.
In his recent interviews, Kejriwal has tried to make the forthcoming Delhi elections a direct contest with BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi, hoping to tower over a relatively lesser-known leader. But like every election since its spectacular victory in May, the BJP continues to make every election a reflection of Modi's popularity.
The image on the website can, therefore, be understood in the context of AAP's unsuccessful - and embarrassing - effort to distance Modi from the Delhi polls, expected in February next year.
Kejriwal too charmed by Modi-wave? AAP's website posts banner saying ‘Modi for PM, Kejriwal for CM’
He may have called out Prime Minister Narendra Modi and rival BJP by names while campaigning for Lok Sabha polls, but Aam Admi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal on Friday shocked all when it sought votes in the name of the PM to come back to power in Delhi.
Arvind Kejriwal seeks votes in Modi's nameAAP's website on Friday posted an image as well as a video, prepared by the party ahead of Delhi polls, showing people in Delhi wanted Modi for PM and now they want to Kejriwal as Delhi's next chief minister.An article published in NitiCentral says,
"The desperation of Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party has reached a new low. After using all its might to criticise Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP and having failed miserably, AAP website has made a new page to entice the voters of Delhi under the banner headline - ‘Modi for PM, Kejriwal for CM'.""But now, a failed Arvind Kejriwal is using development mascot Prime Minister Narendra Modi's good name to win the upcoming election in Delhi.
This is the same Narendra Modi whom the AAP chief and his party unfairly targeted time and again on several occasions to score brownie points."Kejriwal has at a recent Press conference had claimed that his party will win more than 45 seats in upcoming Delhi election. "We will go to the people with the track record of our 49-day Government.
We will win more than 45 seats," Kejriwal had said.AAP's banner comes barely a day after its chief and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, in an interview to NDTV, said that BJP is not declaring a chief ministerial candidate as it is scared of him and is trying to create an artificial fight between him and Narendra Modi.And the very next day, the party has proved that it also banks on Modi's name to regain lost grounds in Delhi.BJP attacks AAP, KejriwalReacting to this development, Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP's MP from New Delhi Lok Sabha seat, told NitiCentral,
"This is nothing but an example of opportunistic politics from Arvind Kejriwal. It is same Kejriwal who was earlier going all guns blazing against Narendra Modi during Lok Sabha polls but all his efforts proved futile. Therefore he has come up with this new tactic but the people of Delhi is not going to fall to his trap."AAP has however changed its banner and also removed the video off its website after facing backlash.
Has AAP accepted its defeat?
But a question arises why the party, which claims to be BJP is equally corrupt as Congress and Modi no different a politician, did so it in first place?
Has Arvind Kejriwal realised that it neither he nor his party can stand against the Modi-wave?
It seems the recent assembly poll results in Maharashtra and Haryana, in which the BJP has come to power riding over Modi-wave, have forced Kejriwal that both he and his party are no match to the charm and aura of BJP's poster boy.
It seems the fact that the BJP won in both these state's without even declaring a chief ministerial candidate has made AAP even more jittery over his prospects. Hence, the party took the ultimate step for electoral gains in Delhi.It might be possible that the party, after a few days, will come up with a simple explanation that the website was "hacked" and the party has nothing to do with the video. But, it will be too late for both party as well as Kejriwal because the damage has already been done.
Read more at: http://news.oneindia.in/feature/kejriwal-too-charmed-modi-wave-aap-s-website-seeks-vote-in-modi-s-name-1554905.html