Kejriwal takes a dig at Modi’s ‘helicopter’ politics

Varanasi: After Narendra Modi, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal today held an impreesive roadshow here and derided the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate for resorting to “helicopter and corrupt politics”.

Kejriwal, who is contesting against Modi from this Lok Sabha constituency, reached the gate of Banaras Hindu University in the afternoon along with other party leaders and hordes of supporters.

Addressing the public, Kejriwal said it was a historical election and people of Kashi will have to decide “whether they will support corrupt politics presented by Modi, or they will choose clean politics, politics for love and respect.

“I know you will support our movement to clean the system. I had gone to Rohaniya and adjoining areas and got the impression that 70 per cent people will support AAP,” he said.

Kejriwal alleged that Modi was doing politics even on Ganga Arti. “He told lies. He was given permission to perform Ganga Arti, but he did not do.

“I performed Ganga arti along with my wife yesterday. Nobody prevented us. The person who is trying to exploit Ganga Arti for political mileage and politicise the issue, that person should not be supported.

“He (Modi) came by helicopter before elections for two hours, do you think he will come here after elections. I will always be with you. I will be always there for Kashi and be with you to help you. This time helicopter politics will not work,” he said.

Kejriwal began his roadshow from rural parts of the constituency before reaching BHU gate, the same venue where top BJP leaders also held dharna on Thursday to protest against election authorities.

While voicing confidence of his victory with a “huge margin”, Kejriwal accused BJP of trying all tactics including communal and caste politics, as well as “violence and bribing of media” to woo voters.

However, before he could convey anything, the counsel for
the woman and her father agreed with the bench’s suggestion to move the High Court.

Earlier in the week, the government dropped its decision to go ahead with appointing a judge for the probe after UPA constituents — National Conference and Nationalist Congress Party opposed the move of naming a judge.

During the hearing, the bench disallowed advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing on behalf of suspended IAS officer Pradeep Sharma, from interfering in the matter brought by the woman and her father.

“We will not allow you to interfere in this matter. You have already filed a substantial petition which is pending and we will hear after summer vacation,” the bench said.

In the petition, the woman and her father had sought protection of their fundamental right to privacy and right to live with dignity.

A controversy broke out last year when two news portals released CD’s of purported telephonic conversations between Narendra Modi’s aide Amit Shah, who was then state Home Minister, and two top state police officials relating to snooping on a woman architect in 2009.

While the Gujarat government constituted an enquiry commission in November last year, the Union Cabinet also decided to follow suit.

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