The famous Blue WagonR, used to ferry Arvind Kejriwal in the run-up to the Assembly elections, was stolen from outside the Delhi Secretariat, which houses the Chief Minister's office, on Thursday afternoon.
An Aam Aadmi Party volunteer from the United Kingdom, Kundan Sharma, had gifted Kejriwal the car in January 2013. The car, along with Kejriwal himself, made headlines when the AAP boss travelled in it while campaigning for the chief minister's post, which he won in January 2014.
The car was seen by many as proof of Kejriwal's 'aam aadmi' credentials with the Delhi chief minister refusing to use a government vehicle even after assuming office. Kejriwal was not currently using the car, after having given it up in 2014. The Maruti car was currently being used by Aam Aadmi Party's media coordinator Vandana Singh.
Singh lodged a police complaint at the IP Estate police station, saying that the car was stolen at around 1 pm on Thursday. The police is investigating the matter.
"We have received a complaint and the matter is under investigation," said a senior police official.
Reacting to it, Kejriwal retweeted a post that said, "So much for Delhi Police — dhyan kidhar hai! [Why is Delhi Police not focused on the job?]". He also retweeted a post which claimed that if thefts could be committed from right outside the secretariat, the law and order situation in other parts of Delhi would be much worse.
As soon as the car was stolen, Delhi AAP convener Saurabh Bharadwaj went on Twitter to take a dig on Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
"LG sir, instead of creating problems in work of elected Delhi Govt. Work on Delhi Police. CM's car got stolen from Secretariat," he tweeted.
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