Somnath: Kickstarting AAP's campaign for the 2017 Gujarat Assembly polls, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asked the people to get rid of "hooligans" and "corrupt" persons.
Kejriwal, who is on a day-long visit to the state, visited the famous Somnath temple here and sought blessings of
Lord Shiva. Thereafter, while addressing a gathering of farmers on the outskirts of Somnath city, he targeted the BJP governments at the Centre and the state.
"We will have to fight these goondas (hooligans). These goondas do not understand without a fight...Now, media will
say that Kejriwal's language is bad. But you need to tell a goonda that he is a goonda," he said.
"These media-persons are asking me if I will fight the elections in Gujarat. I say that we are very small people and do not have the capacity to fight elections. It is for the people of Gujarat to decide whether we should fight elections here," Kejriwal said.
He went on to ask the gathering if we should fight the elections to which those present answered in the affirmative.
Reacting to that, Kejriwal said, "If you want me to fight, you will have to give money, you will have to go to
each house and seek votes. We will together teach a lesson to these corrupt people," Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal's scheduled visit to Surat on Sunday had to be cancelled after a trade body, which had invited him, withdrew its invitation, following which the AAP had alleged that this was at the behest of state BJP government.
The AAP leader accused Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel of getting the Surat programme cancelled.
"My original programme of Gujarat was of two days. Today we were to visit Somnath and tomorrow we had meeting
scheduled in Surat. But Anandibenji put undue pressure on businessmen in Surat and got our programme cancelled. I don't know why Anandibenji is afraid of me," Kejriwal said.
"Anandiben can stop my meeting of Surat. But she cannot stop my meeting with Lord Shiva, so I decided to come to Gujarat for a meeting with Lord Shiva here," he said.
Like in Delhi, they are using the police to suppress the voice of those who are against them. In their view, only
those who follow the ideology of BJP are patriots while all other are anti-nationals, he said.
"The state government here is slapping sedition charges against people like Hardik Patel, while (former
Maharashtra minister) Eknath Khadse who has talked numerous times with Dawood Ibrahim, against him no cases have been filed," Kejriwal said.
He also targeted the Gujarat government on farmers' issue saying, "I have come to know that 57 farmers have
committed suicide here. The government is snatching away the land of farmers and not paying enough compensation to them."
First Published On : Jul 9, 2016 20:40 IST