Even as his party faces “anti-Hindu” allegations and posters have come up all over Gujarat over his Dalit minister’s remarks, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday shot back asserting that the people behind those posters were "demons and descendants of Kans."
Addressing a massive rally in South Gujarat’s tribal-dominated Valsad district, Kejriwal simultaneously claimed that many BJP members in Gujarat were covertly backing AAP and wished that their own party would lose the assembly elections.
Referring to the posters, he alleged, "Those who insult god are called 'rakshas' (demons) and 'Kans ki aulaad' (descendants of Kans). What would demons do in ancient times? They would enter any village, indulge in hooliganism, tease and rape women."
Kejriwal identified himself as a follower of Lord Hanuman and said he was born on the day of Janmashtami and people at home called him Krishna. "Lord Krishna has blessed me and sent me with a special task to finish off these descendants of Kans. Public is god. I need your support. Will you support me to complete the work of god, to finish the demons?" he asked.
"We have to wipe out these demons for the peace of the public. We have to finish those corrupt goons, those who insult gods. Inflation has made life impossible. Price of everything rises while the salary does not," he said.
Claiming that many BJP members were in touch with him, Kejriwal said, "Many BJP leaders and workers meet me and secretly ask me to do something to defeat the BJP. I want to tell all such BJP workers and leaders to work secretly for AAP."
The AAP chief went on to say, "We have to break 27 years of their (BJP's) arrogance. I know you have your businesses, if you join us they will damage your business. You stay there, but secretly work to defeat it. Congress workers need not fear, you can leave your party and join AAP. Forget your party," Kejriwal said.
The Delhi chief minister further said that everyone should work hand in hand to create a new Gujarat. "Work for Gujarat, work for the country, the AAP will usher in a new storm, new politics, new party, new faces, new ideas, and a new dawn," he said.
Taking a dig at the BJP, he claimed, "They go around and whisper that 'Kejriwal is good, but he will not win Gujarat this time, maybe next time'. If anyone tells you so, you must know he is from BJP. Tell that person not next time, Kejriwal is winning this time itself."
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