Congress rules out supporting Arvind Kejriwal against Narendra Modi

Arvind Kejriwal has declared that he was ready to take on Modi in Varanasi but linked his final call to the people's approval.

New Delhi | Published:March 19, 2014 5:25 pm

Narendra Modi could be in for a tough fight in Varanasi with the Congress declaring its resolve to put up a formidable candidate against the BJP’s PM  nominee in the Lok Sabha polls and ruling out support to AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal.

Congress leadership has already shortlisted three candidates for Varanasi to take on Modi and the final choice will be announced soon.

“There are many names under consideration for Varanasi seat. Congress will field a strong candidate and we will fight with full strength,” party spokesman and Union Minister Anand Sharma told reporters. To a question as to why Congress is not announcing its candidate and whether it could support Kejriwal’s candidature, Sharma said, “Is there any dearth of candidates? It will be declared in the party list in time. The question does not arise (of supporting Kejriwal). Congress will fight the battle on  its own strength. Congress is a national party and will fight on the ground.”

A senior party leader said on the condition of anonymity that the party will put up “strong” candidates against Modi in both Varanasi and the Gujarat seat from which he would be contesting.

On Tuesday, the AICC had urged all like minded parties to support its nominee in Varanasi in the “battle against communalism”. “Do not be surprised if Varanasi witnesses a similar spectacle as Ghaziabad from where BJP chief Rajnath Singh ran away after Congress fielded Raj Babbar,” party spokesman Randeep Surjewala had said.
The remarks of Surjewala came two days after party General Secretary Madhusudan Mistry had declared that the Congress will give a “good fight” to Modi on Varanasi seat and did not rule out fielding an ‘outsider’.

Among the local candidates, the names of Rajesh Mishra and Ajay Rai are doing the rounds. A section in the Congress wants an influential leader pitched against Modi, while others want a celebrity to be fielded against him.

A section views that after the exit of BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi from the electoral contest from the holy city, the Congress fielding a Brahmin candidate could be advantageous.

Senior Congress leader Anil Shastri in a tweet had said “If BSP & SP are serious on defeating Modi from Varanasi, theyalongwith Congress should put up a joint candidate against him”. AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has declared that he was ready to take on Modi in Varanasi but linked his final call to the people’s approval there.

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    chaya
    Mar 21, 2014 at 9:11 am
    Arvind Kejriwal is India’s biggest scam.Arvind Kejriwal’s NGO ‘Sampoorna Parivartan’ and CSDS (Center for the Study of Developing Societies) have been granted $80,000 and the $250,000 respectively. Key ociates of Arvind Kejriwal like Yogendra Yadav, have been functionaries of the CSDS. What makes this funding to Kejriwal a criminal activity is the fact that he in 2002 was still a government servant and therefore not enled to receive it. Government servants are not permitted to float NGOs without due permission.Kejriwal branched off from Parivartan to establish yet another NGO, Kabir. As per the doents, Kabir was established on 15 August 2005. This was again illegal, as Kejriwal continued to be in government service.It has also been established that CIA operatives operate through the academic route. One such academic researcher Ms Shimrit Lee was ociated with Kejriwal’s Kabir NGO in the garb of doing research on ‘Public Power: India and Other Democracies’. Ms Lee specializes in Tahrir Square type demonstrations that we are now witnessing in Ukraine. She has been active in Cairo, Haifa, Chad and Israel, India and US. It is she who introduced the ideas of Mohalla Committees and brought the Arab Spring technology to India to launch KejriwalThat the US has been using the Dutch for pushing its agenda in India, which includes destabilization of India’s Northeast is known.It is also well known as to how the CIA and the Dutch Intelligence Agency (BVD – Binenlandise Veiligheidsdienst) connived in allowing AQ Khn to steal nuclear secrets from URENCO, site at Almeto in Netherlands, only with the purpose of balancing stan with India in nuclear capability during the Cold War. It is through this kind of geopolitical balancing in various regions that the US maintains its lead role.Arvind Kejriwal is therefore not a political threat but a security threat to this country, his main objective being to destabilize India to perpetuate US agenda.
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    kvl
    Mar 26, 2014 at 11:29 am
    Congress is searching for a strong candidate against Modi in Varanasi.Why search? if THE present PM MMS contest he will come with thumping majority.
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