Putting at rest the political speculation Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) president Arvind Kejriwal today announced to contest Lok Sabha election from Varanasi seat against BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
He made this announcement while addressing a rally at Benia Bagh here. Pitching himself for the giant battle, Mr Kejriwal said he would take support of local people in the same manner as Pundit Madan Mohan Malviya had garnered support to establish Banaras Hindu University.
The AAP leader had defeated Congress veteran and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the Delhi assembly elections.
Braving stiff resistance posed by BJP workers in the city since his arrival to this temple city, Mr Kejriwal held a road show in the city before addressing an impressive rally late afternoon.
Earlier, the AAP leader took a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges and paid obeisance at Sankatmochan, Kashi Vishwanath and Kaal Bhairav temples before taking out the road show and addressing the rally.
In his speech, Mr Kejriwal called upon the people to convert this election into a revolution to defeat the combine of UPA and NDA and establish rule of people. ‘’The moot question before us is to save the country which is certainly unsafe in the hands of Congress and BJP,’’ he said.
Without mincing his words, he said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi were playing into the hands of corporate groups of Mukesh Ambani and Adani. ‘’They are flying in their (corporates’) aircraft and in turn, they are dictating their terms to them(Congress and BJP),’’ he alleged.
Exhorting the gathering to hand over defeat to Mr Gandhi and Mr Modi which according to him, will result in another general polls in a year, thus electing a government of honest people.
Mr Kejriwal went to the extent of citing Swiss bank account numbers of Mukesh and Anil Ambani and dared Mr Gandhi and Mr Modi to react on that. ‘’It is no surprise that all the allegations against Mukesh Ambani and subsequent FIR against him did not elicit any response from Mr Modi,’’ he pointed out.
He said this was the time for change and no change was worth if the Congress and BJP were not deprived of power at the Centre.
‘’My tirade against Mukesh Ambani saw both the parties ganging up against me in Delhi and not allowing Jan Lokpal Bill to get passed,’’ he charged.
The AAP leader said ‘’had I really wanted to become Lok Sabha member, I would have searched a safe seat like any of the other senior leaders. Had I wanted power, I would never have left the chief minister’s chair in Delhi.’’
Dismissing Gujarat model of development, Mr Kejriwal said the industrialists were given favour in the state at the cost of small farmers and poor. More than 5,500 farmers had committed suicide in the past 10 years in Gujarat as their lands were snatched for peanuts to benefit the big players, he alleged.