Kejriwal says he is ready to 'challenge Modi' in Varanasi if local people want him to
'AAP will give me a ticket to contest from Varanasi. But that is immaterial.The day the people of India give me a ticket to challenge Modi, I will take it up,' said Arvind Kejriwal
AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that he will contest the Lok Sabha elections against Narendra Modi in Varanasi if the people want him to challenge the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
"If the people of the country give me the responsibility to challenge Modi, I will take it up. I know this is not a simple challenge. At the same time, I am not here for power or money.
"I know AAP will give me a party ticket to contest from Varanasi. But that is immaterial. The day the people of the country give me a ticket to challenge Modi, I will take it up," Kejriwal said, addressing a rally in the Garden City.
The Aam Aadmi Party will hold a rally on March 23 in Varanasi to elicit the people's response to the matter, he said.
"I will urge people to attend the Varanasi rally on March 23. I will ask people their opinion and I will enter the fray if I get 'yes' as an answer," he asserted.
Attacking Modi directly, he questioned the BJP's wisdom in retaining corruption-tainted leaders in the party.
He read out a list of "corrupt" BJP leaders and those facing court cases. The Reddy brothers of Bellary and B Sriramulu were among the tainted leaders whose name where mentioned by the AAP convener.
REDDY UNVEILS 'FOOTWEAR' SYMBOL
Former Andhra Pradesh CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday unveiled 'footwear' as the symbol of his newly launched Jai Samaikyandhra Party.
"Election Commission has approved the symbol," an official said.
Footwear bears the burden of the wearer and protects it, JSP statement said.
"Karnataka shot to prominence after three ministers of the erstwhile BJP government were caught watching porn in the Assembly. Why hasn't Modi dismissed them from the party? This is the double standards that Modi is pursuing," Kejriwal said.
He also wondered how Sriramulu's return to the BJP was justified. Earlier in the day, Kejriwal campaigned in Chikkaballapura from where Union Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily is contesting the general elections.
He urged people of the constituency to vote against Moily, whom he charged with colluding with the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to cause loss to the state exchequer.
The activist-turned-politician had arrived in the southern city on Saturday for a two-day tour in Karnataka.
'Modi can't run from questions any more'
By Mail Today Reporter
With Arvind Kejriwal announcing that he will take on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi if the people in the holy city want him to, sources said that the party is already set for the big fight.
Kejriwal and other leaders will hold a rally on March 23 in Varanasi where he will make the final announcement.
Kejriwal maintained suspense by saying that he will take a final call
on his candidature after holding the rally and gauging the mood of
people in Varanasi, party insiders said that it is almost final that he
will fight against Modi.
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal with party candidates in Bangalore at an election rally on Sunday
"We have been asking a lot of questions to Modi but he has evaded them all. He cannot evade now as people will ask him these questions," a party leader said on the condition of anonymity.
While announcing Modi's candidature from Varanasi on Saturday, BJP had said that Modi might contest from Gujarat also.
AAP sources said it was part of their strategy to make Modi fight for elections from outside Gujarat.
"BJP is doing exactly what we wanted them to do. We wanted Modi to stand from Varanasi and that is happening. Unlike Gujarat, here we will have no language barrier and we will reach out to a much larger section of people," a source said.
AAP also questioned Modi's candidature from two places and said it shows BJP is scared.
"Why does Modi want to fight from two constituencies? If BJP thinks it can fool people of Varanasi, it is mistaken. We wanted to ask him questions on corruption and gas pricing. Modi will have to answer our questions," said AAP member Deepak Bajpai adding, "If you don't answer our questions we will fight against you."
MAOISTS PUT UP 'DON'T VOTE' POSTERS IN ORISSA
By Press Trust of India
anti-poll posters by Maoists have surfaced in Koraput district of
Orissa, leaving local leaders worried over the conduct of peaceful Lok
Sabha and Assembly elections in the Naxal-hit region.
Many posters were found in interior Majhiguda and Dasmantpur areas of Boipariguda block on Friday.
Sources said the rebels, through the posters, have asked the locals not to exercise their franchise on April 10 and not let politicians enter villages for campaigning.
They also accused all parties of being anti-poor.
"Neglecting development of tribals, the government has launched operation Green Hunt. In the name of Maoists, security forces are harassing innocent tribals.
There is no alternative to violent revolution to get our legitimate rights, reads a poster spotted near Dasmantpur on Friday.
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