Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is on a two-day visit to Gujarat, Saturday blamed BJP national president Amit Shah for the protests against his visit.
Ahead of Kejriwal’s visit, banners had surfaced in Unjha with slogans terming him a “friend of Pakistan” and a “traitor of the country”. A banner across the highway to Unjha showed Kejriwal wearing a cap with the Pakistan flag, stating, “Raita Dilli mein phailao, Unjha mein toh saunf jeera ki khushboo phaili hai”.
At Bapunagar in Ahmedabad, answering a question on the protests against his visit after he met the family of Shwetang Patel, who was killed in violence during the Patidar quota stir, Kejriwal said, “Virodh toh Amit Shah ji kara rahe hain, aur woh karaenge (Amit Shah is behind the protests and he will continue to do it).” He also alleged that AAP’s Gujarat in-charge, Gulab Singh Yadav, had been booked in a false case.
Kejriwal continued to meet victims of violence during the quota stir in Ahmedabad Saturday. He also met OBC community members, visiting two Thakore community homes and extending support to OBC leader Alpesh Thakore for his campaign against bootlegging. During his meetings with Patidar quota riot victims, Kejriwal reiterated his demand for action against “the leader who ordered police to fire at Patidars”.
At least 10 people had died in the riots that followed the August 25 rally in Ahmedabad last year, where Hardik Patel had led the demand for OBC quota for the community. Patel, who was charged with sedition and later released on bail, is now barred from entering Gujarat and is confined to Udaipur.