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Kejriwal hits Haryana trail, shown black flags

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AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal during his roadshow in Faridabad on Saturday. (Gajendra Yadav) AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal during his roadshow in Faridabad on Saturday. (Gajendra Yadav)

The AAP’s national convenor Arvind Kejriwal kicked off his two-day tour of Haryana on Saturday, attacking the Congress government in the state on issues of land acquisition from farmers.

While his roadshow on Saturday took him through areas of Faridabad constituency, where Purshottam Dagar is the candidate, Sunday will see Kejriwal travel through Gurgaon, where party heavyweight Yogendra Yadav is the candidate.

On Saturday, Kejriwal’s caravan went through both suburban and rural areas in Faridabad and Ballabgarh. Land was a clear motif in most of his interactions.

“Everyone knows that Bhupinder Singh Hooda takes land from farmers at cheap rates and gives it to people like Robert Vadra and companies like DLF and Reliance. It is them that run this state,” Kejriwal said in Dayalpur village.

He also attacked the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. “Farmers in Gujarat told me that they had not received compensation for five years. Just like you are suffering, your counterparts in Gujarat are as well. All of these political parties are the same. Ambani gives both Modi and Rahul Gandhi his aircraft to use. We have to fight this election together,” he told the gathering.

Kejriwal’s entourage were shown black flags on two occasions, once in Faridabad and then in Ballabhgarh.

On both occasions, protesters chanted anti-Kejriwal slogans and accused him of running away from the Delhi government. “He couldn’t even run the Delhi government, how will he run the country?” one of them said. While they claimed that they were not BJP workers, when asked who they wanted to see as Prime Minister, they said in unison, “Narendra Modi”.

Kejriwal brought the subject up during his speeches on Saturday and said his party had been left with no choice.

“The Congress had given to us in writing that they would support the Lokpal Bill, but the two parties (Congress and BJP) brought it down. We wanted to bring Swaraj as well, and they didn’t allow that either. We realised that 28 seats wouldn’t do. We would have to go for a re-election in Delhi and win 40 seats and return to do the work people want from us,” he said.

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