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I’m not a terrorist, Modi should have met me: Arvind Kejriwal
Rebuffed by Narendra Modi, AAP leader on Friday said he was not a terrorist and deserved to be called by him for a meeting out of courtesy.
“Now I wanted to meet him, but we were stopped five kilometres away from his residence. I am not a terrorist. Being an ex-CM, I deserve a courtesy call from Modi, instead we were stopped. This is not democracy,” he told reporters here on his unsuccessful attempt to meet the BJP prime ministerial candidate in Gandhinagar this morning.
Trashing claims of development and good governance in Gujarat, Kejriwal said the state “has nothing but rampant corruption” and the voice of farmers was being suppressed. Kejriwal, who toured Gujarat for the last two days, said a picture totally different from reality was presented about Gujarat during the last one year by Modi and a section of media under a “big conspiracy”.
“What I saw in the last three days was totally different from what is being presented by Gujarat. Our teams visited villages and exposed the truth. When locals came to know about the AAP visits, they called us and told us the reality,” Kejriwal said at a seminar — ‘Pillars of Democracy- Shaking Us, Waking Us?’.
“Corruption is rampant in Gujarat. I was told that rates for transfers and appointments are fixed. For the job of state registrar, the rate is 33 lakh and for transfer of a DSP, Rs 2.75 crore. Without bribe, you cannot have a license or a BPL card and cannot run an industry.” Kejriwal said he wanted to meet Modi as the Gujarat Chief minister had not replied to his letter on gas price issue.
“Was I a terrorist that police stopped me that also at a distance of 5 km from the residence of Narendra Modi? I along with three persons wanted to meet the CM but we were stopped.
“I agree that he would be preoccupied but this was not the way to avoid a meeting. Even if he had no time for meeting us, he should have shown courtesy to call me, a former chief minister, to his office to convey that he is not able to meet,” he said. He said that a government’s top priority should be providing security, followed by ensuring timely delivery of justice and corruption-free governance.
“During my visit to Gujarat, three attacks on us took place. If such incident can happen with a former chief minister then what can we expect for the people of Gujarat?” On claims about Gujarat’s progress, he said, “the condition of schools and hospitals and health centres is the worst. I visited a primary health centre which was like a garbage dumping ground.” Raising the Narmada dam continued…