Kejriwal announces decision to take on Modi in Varanasi
After eggs, ink was thrown at AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal while he was undertaking a road show in Varanasi on Tuesday
Varanasi: Arvind Kejriwal on tuesday announced his decision to take on Narendra Modi in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in this temple city while appealing for support to defeat the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate.
The Aam Aadmi Party leader made the announcement at a rally here this evening after a day-long roadshow around the city during which an egg and ink was thrown at him at two places.
While declaring his candidature, he attacked Modi, accusing him of being an “agent” of industrial houses and said that a myth had been perpetuated about the development in Gujarat.
He also targeted Rahul Gandhi, saying the ‘shahenshah’ (emperor) of Congress was also like Modi.
Kejriwal, who had declared earlier that he would contest against Modi from wherever he is fielded, announced his decision after seeking the views of his supporters at the rally in his typical style.
“I want to ask you whether I should contest from Varanasi against Narendra Modi. I am ready to accept this challenge,” the former Delhi Chief Minister announced after a day-long road show in this constituency of Uttar Pradesh.
“Why do I want to contest from Varanasi, it is because at a time when leaders look for safe seats to fight elections, I take on them to defeat them,” he added.
Attacking Modi, Kejriwal said that a myth about Modi having developed Gujarat was being perpetuated by a section of media while in reality the BJP leader was gifting away farmers’ land to industrialists and followed policies which were against small businessmen.
Eggs, ink thrown at Kejriwal in Varanasi
After eggs, ink was thrown at AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal while he was undertaking a road show in Varanasi on Tuesday following his visit to the Kal Bhairav and Kashi Vishwanath temples.
Mr. Kejriwal’s face and shirt were splattered with ink by unidentified people. The U.P. in-charge of the party Sanjay Singh and former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti were also targeted by these people.
The AAP leader also faced sporadic protests while undertaking the road show.
Earlier, according to supporters, eggs were thrown at Mr. Kejriwal’s car outside the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi.
The egg-throwing incident occurred when Mr. Kejriwal was exiting the temple after offering prayers ahead of his rally in the city, they said. However, police at the spot denied that any such incident had taken place.
Earlier, the former Delhi Chief Minister took a dip in the Ganga after arriving in Varanasi by the Shiv Ganga Express from New Delhi.
The Aam Aadmi Party leader is scheduled to address a public rally at which he is expected to seek support for taking on Mr. Modi, the BJP nominee from Varanasi.
Smeared with sandalwood paste as he exited from the Vishwanath temple, Mr. Kejriwal did not speak to journalists and merely smiled even as the vocal protests continued.
Arvind Kejrival today faced protests allegedly by BJP workers after he arrived here to kickstart his campaign against Narendra Modi