In an article on his website, Jaitley said that he has always wondered how to deal with a maverick.

"Do you answer questions which a maverick puts to you? Do you meet him when he tries to gate crash into your house? Do you allow him to occupy the centre stage by engaging him or do you ignore him and continue with your conventional style of setting the agenda? That I feel is a safer option," he said.

"Silence can be the best response to a maverick. It is dignified. It saves you the embarrassment of engaging with a maverick on his bizarre agenda. Narendra Modi, therefore, was well advised to deny an audience to Arvind Kejriwal," said the BJP leader.  

AAP leader Kejriwal, who was in Gujarat on Friday, was stopped while going to meet Chief Minister Modi, shortly after he alleged widespread corruption and unemployment in the state.

Jaitley said that India had its share of mavericks who join political parties temporarily but soon discover themselves to be misfits.

"Some have even formed political parties. Their style is unconventional. They make arguments in an idiom intended to derive maximum publicity," he said.

(Agencies)

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