Kejriwal says he will contest against Modi in Varanasi

Varanasi, 25 March-2014(PTI): Aam Aadmi Party leader and former Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal blew the poll bugle in Varanasi on Tuesday by announcing at a public meeting here his decision to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha polls against BJP PM nominee Narendra Modi.

Kejriwal says he will contest against Modi in Varanasi

Arvind Kejriwal and friends

Arvind Kejriwal and friends (Photo credit: vm2827)

The activist-turned-politician, who arrived in the temple city to a hostile reception from apparent Modi supporters who threw eggs and later ink at his convoy, said the attackers were hired from outside.

“What did we do wrong? We were shown black flags, black ink was thrown on us by Narendra Modi’s goons.”

Hitting at the Gujarat Chief Minister, Kejriwal said while farmers in Gujarat were a sorry lot, Modi was going around town with his false development claims. “I want to tell the farmers if they vote for Modi, their land won’t be left with them,” he said.

Talking about the holy city, Kejriwal said, “There has been no development in Varanasi under the Congress or BJP rule.”

“If you come to Kashi, no matter how dirty Ganga water is, one has to take the holy dip. Roads, electricity, water, everything is in a mess in Varanasi,” he said.

Kejriwal once again hit out at industrialist Mukesh Ambani for his alleged political links. “The country is run by Mukesh Ambani, as if he is the constitution of India,” he said.

Earlier in the day Kejriwal became the victim of another ink attack, his second in four months, in Varanasi. Unidentified people splashed ink on him when he was moving in an open vehicle in the streets of the temple town.

Eggs were thrown at his car outside the Kashi Vishwanath temple, with the protesters steadily raising anti-Kejriwal slogans and asking him to leave the Hindu holy city. Calling him a “traitor”, hundreds of slogan-shouting people blocked his cavalcade while raising slogans of “Modi, Modi”. Security personnel had a tough time controlling the mob.