Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday reached Gujarat’s Vadodara airport only to be welcomed by people chanting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name. Amid the “Modi Modi” chants, some people also chanted “Kejriwal-Kejriwal”.
Kejriwal is on a day-long visit to the poll-bound state of Gujarat where he will address a town hall meeting in Vadodara. Mr Kejriwal, on being confronted with the chants of his political opponent and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name, could be seen smiling while moving towards the media persons. However, he did not speak on the spot and said he would interact at the press conference.
Reacting to the incident, BJP’s Priti Gandhi tweeted, “Arvind Kejriwal being accorded a warm welcome in Modi’s Gujarat!!”
Kejriwal is in Vadodara to address a town hall meeting as part of the campaign to reach out to various sections of society ahead of the elections, due in December this year. “It is said that there are 66 seats in urban areas (in Gujarat) which BJP never lost. But this time, they will be in trouble. They are not going to win all these seats (in upcoming Assembly elections),” Kejriwal said.
He alleged BJP and Congress were abusing him because he talks about the well-being of the people of Gujarat. “BJP supporters never shout slogans against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi when he visits Gujarat. This is because both parties are united against me and AAP. Both BJP and Congress shout slogans against Kejriwal. They are united and abuse me,” he alleged.
Kejriwal is leading the AAP’s poll campaign in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
During his multiple visits to the state, he had promised a string of “guarantees” including free power and the generation of jobs. He also assured the welfare of various sections, including women, youth, lawyers, auto-rickshaw drivers, government employees etc.