Arvind Kejriwal seeks Hardik Patel support to ‘clean’ Gujarat politics

The AAP chief said the village holds special significance as the quota agitation by the community started here a year ago, even as a little known outfit staged a protest over his remarks on cross-LoC surgical strikes.

By: PTI | Mehsana | Published:October 15, 2016 3:31 pm
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Amid speculations of AAP planning to make a determined bid in poll-bound Gujarat, party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday sought the support of the agitating Patel community to “clean” the politics of Gujarat. Addressing a public gathering at Patel-dominated Piludra village here, the AAP chief said the village holds special significance as the quota agitation by the community started here a year ago, even as a little known outfit staged a protest over his remarks on cross-LoC surgical strikes.

Recalling that AAP could make a clean sweep in Delhi in 2015 Assembly polls with the support of the common man, Kejriwal sought to draw a parallel with Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign and the Patidar agitation.

“I salute your courage, as I came to know that Patidar agitation originated from this village. Few years back, we did Anna Andolan against rampant corruption in the country. We asked the government to enact a strict law to curb corruption, as we did not have such powers,” said Kejriwal.

“Instead of fulfilling our demand, we were asked to form a government to bring such law. We were not taken seriously. As we did not have any other option, we formed a party and acquired 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi. This is the power of the common man,” said Kejriwal to a cheering crowd, mostly from the Patel community.

“Patel agitation started from this village. Now, I request you to start another movement to clean the politics of Gujarat from this village. We all have to come together to fight against corruption and clean Gujarat’s politics,” said Kejriwal.

He also raised the slogan of “Jay Sardar – Jay Patidar” several times. Kejriwal also paid floral tributes to Sardar Patel’s statue in Mehasna. He visited Kaamli village of Unjha taluka of this district, where he met the kin of Nagjibhai, a constable who committed suicide allegedly due to harassment from bootleggers and politicians last month.

At the village, he also met parents of Kanubhai Patel, a Patidar youth died during quota violence last year. He then visited Unjha-based Umiya Mata temple, revered by the Patel community. Outside the temple, members of a little-known outfit Rashtriya Patidar Sansthan, staged protests against Kejriwal over his remarks on the surgical strikes. Patel quota stir leader Hardik Patel had yesterday issued a statement in support of Kejriwal.

“We should not oppose Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal when he is coming to meet the family members of those who died during Patidar community’s reservation agitation. He will tell the rest of the country about our plight,” Patel said in a message from Udaipur.

Later, Hardik through his organisation in Mehasna gave a memorandum to Kejriwal seeking his support to the stir.

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  1. A
    Oct 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm
    **clean** politics. LOL
    1. A
      Oct 15, 2016 at 7:37 pm
      Clean politics :)
      1. B
        Oct 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm
        Guratis are not illiterate like Delhites. If BJP can win election 2002, there is no power on earth to stop BJP at a time when Modi is the PM and Gujarat's pride.
        1. B
          Oct 15, 2016 at 11:55 am
          Gujarat will now surely will go out of BJP's hands and they know very well, and that is why they are so worried about Kejriwal visiting Gujarat and giving false propaa of Patidars are against him, etc, putting up posters in the name of other organisations, such cowardly acts would only further strengthen Kejriwal and AAP in Gujurat.
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            Brave Heart
            Oct 15, 2016 at 11:26 am
            AAP is nothing but Scam-Gress party in new clothes.
            1. A
              Oct 15, 2016 at 10:42 am
              lol... height of irony... a thief calling on another thief
              1. D
                Oct 18, 2016 at 1:58 pm
                HE IS LOOKING FOR HALAL GOAT and diversion from main issue of his anti-India and Army stand, rounding up members to form a new anti-India Political Party ! Rahul is already number one recruit
                1. D
                  d sahu
                  Oct 15, 2016 at 12:30 pm
                  kejriwal wants to live on petty politics.
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