The show of strength assumes importance as the state is slated to go to polls later this year and the Aam Aadmi Party has been eyeing the state for some time.
Ahmedabad: With tight security amid alleged threats, national convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a roadshow in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad on Saturday. The roadshow, which was also attended by newly-inducted Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, commenced from the Mata Khodiyar temple and ended in Bapunagar.
Addressing the crowd, Kejriwal said, “I have not come to defeat someone, I have come to make Gujaratis win.” The roadshow comes months ahead of the Assembly election which is scheduled to take place later this year. Falling back on one of AAP’s frontline promises, Kejriwal said, “I don’t know how to do politics but I can give you a corruption free government.”
With Mann by his side, Kejriwal said, “If you don’t believe me, ask any of your friends in Punjab, Bhagwant Mann has made Punjab corruption-free in just 10 days.”
Adding further, he said, “Give us five years, if you don’t like us, you can reinstate these people (the existing government). I haven’t come here to badmouth people, I have come here to seek a chance.”
Spotting several supporters with the Indian flags in their hands at the ‘Tiranga rally’, Kejriwal said, “It is evident that all of you are patriots and not anti-national. If there is somebody is anti-national then it is those who are trying to divide the patriots.”
Reiterating Kejriwal’s promises and riding high on his victory in Punjab, Mann said, “Delhi and Punjab are done…now we are preparing for Gujarat,” amid high-pitched cheers from the crowd.
After the roadshow, Kejriwal took to Twitter and wrote, “After 27 years of ruling the state, BJP has become arrogant. They have stopped listening to the people. Gujarat needs such a government that will listen to the people. May Gujarat too, like Delhi, become corruption-free.”
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal and Mann visited the Sabarmati Ashram and garlanded a statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Taking to Twitter, Mann said, “Saw objects used during the freedom struggle, such as letters written by him, at the ashram. Gandhiji’s ideals inspire not only India, but the whole world.”
Check the two leaders’ tweets here: