Modi vs him: Arvind Kejriwal to wait for Varanasi’s voice

Kejriwal's public declaration comes a day after the BJP announced that Modi would be fielded from Varanasi.

Bangalore | Updated: March 18, 2014 8:55 am

Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal Sunday said he was ready to take on the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from the Varanasi constituency in the Lok Sabha polls, but would let the “people decide”.

“I will hold a rally in Varanasi on March 23. If the people of Varanasi give me a ticket, I will contest against Modi,” the former Delhi chief minister said.

Speaking at an AAP rally at Freedom Park here, Kejriwal said he “accepts the challenge” to contest against Modi but would finalise his candidature only after March 23. “The party has decided that I will contest against Modi. But I am a small man. This will be the people’s fight, I will only be their face,” said the AAP leader.

Kejriwal also referred to talk of Modi contesting from another seat besides Varanasi. “People of this country want a brave PM, not one who wants to contest from a safe seat. People of this country will question his intentions,” he said.

Doubting Modi’s resolve to fight corruption in the light of the BJP backing tainted Karnataka leaders like B S Yeddyurappa and B Sriramulu, Kejriwal said: “I hear that Yedduyarappa will be telecom minister like A Raja and Sriramalu mining minister if Modi becomes PM.”

Raising the gas pricing issue and attacking Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani, he said: “I think (Gujarat minister) Saurabh Patel will be the next Union oil minister.”

Warning the public about the kind of government they would have if Modi was voted to power, Kejriwal added: “Amit Shah will be the home minister. I wonder how many women will be under surveillance if this government comes.”

“I have heard that leaders from Karnataka were caught watching porn in the Assembly. Will Modiji make them the women and child development ministers?”

Accusing the Modi government in Gujarat of corruption, Kejriwal added: “Everything in Modi’s Gujarat is very transparent, everything has a fixed amount for getting work done… Will the media dare show such realities?”

He also questioned the induction of D K Shivakumar and Roshan Baig into the Congress’s government in Karnataka. AAP would fight for “the rights of journalists” who were recently arrested for conducting a sting operation on Shivakumar, he said.

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    BackToVedas
    Mar 18, 2014 at 3:44 am
    Mr Kejriwal, Action speaks louder than words. When you got chance to do something, you ran away. You need only media attention by hook or crook. People of Inida will teach you a lesson this time.
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      akgrover
      Mar 17, 2014 at 1:19 am
      AK's only aim is to remain in the news!
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        Bitupan Bitupan
        Mar 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm
        Arvind..u r our future..our hope in future. So plz plz plz donot make mistake going against Modi this time. Show patience and donot loss peoples' support by challenging Modi. if u make mistake this time India will loss a future leader for ever....believe me...going against Modi is nothing but inviting ur doom by ur own hand....BECOZ MODI IS IN PEOPLES HEART.
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          Bitupan Bitupan
          Mar 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm
          If kejriwal makes mistake...he will face the same fate as faced by Anna recently...going against modi is nothing but immediately lossing peoples' support
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            chaya
            Mar 21, 2014 at 9:23 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 KeriwalThat 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 Khan 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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              Hemant Kathuria
              Mar 18, 2014 at 7:29 am
              Mr Kejriwal says he accepts the challenge. But I do not know who is challenging Mr Kejriwal or Mr Modi.
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                dravidian funding
                Mar 17, 2014 at 8:31 am
                People's fight..... or media fight....Opinion poll based fight......gain more attention from media and make the mspeak abotu his SMS polls and antics......Fastest way to become politician is .... follow KEJRIWAL...... a new model is emerging in Indian politics... its called "Kejrification"
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                  hiren shah
                  Mar 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm
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                                      jai
                                      Mar 17, 2014 at 12:05 am
                                      The beginning of the end!!! Though am sure he will not contest in the end.
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                                        therealINDIAN
                                        Mar 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm
                                        recently seen an ad by HERO motors to VOTE on basis of TALENT..now AK and Congress say this is a paid adver by BJP..LOL
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                                          N. Dhuvad
                                          Mar 17, 2014 at 3:47 pm
                                          A GROUP CAN FOOL INDIVIDUALS ONES , ALL PUBLIC ONES BUT NOT ALL AND EVERYBODY ALWAYS AND AT ALL-TIMESQUESTIONABLE CREDENTIALS OF ARVIND KEJRIWAL & HIS PARTY – AAPARVIND KEJRIWAL CAN BE COMPARED WITH A FOX - FOOLING ALL OTHERS BY PRETENDING TO BE A SAINT OR A MAHATMA . BUT DEAR PUBLIC BE CAREFUL OF FOXY PERSONALITY WHO IS NOT RASHTRA PITA H.H. M. K. HI NOR A RASHTRA BHAKTA . HE SEEMS TO BE AN AGENT OF A FOREIGN POWER WHO IS GETTING MORE AND MORE FOREIGN DONATIONS. HIS MOTIVE APPEARS TO DESTABILIZE INDIA. HE IS TRYING TO PLAY ON EMOTIONS OF PUBLIC. HIS PAST RECORD – BEYOND FIVE YEARS - NEED BE SCRUTINIZED. HE AND HIS PARTY IS BIG ZERO IN ADMINISTRATION. HE TALKS LIKE A PARROT BUT NEVER WILL DELIVER. HE HAS NO GUTS TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST HIS DELHI GOVT. LAW MINISTER – HE IS A PERSON WHO VOWED NOT TO TAKE SUPPORT OF CONGRESS / UPA BUT DEFIED PUBLIC AND HIS OWN FAMILY – HIS OWN CHILDREN . HE TALKS OF AAM ADMI BUT HIMSELF IS A KHAS ADMI WHO ASKED FOR BIG PREMISES AS DELHI CHIEF MINISTER WHICH HE IS AVOIDING TO VACATE – HE TRAVELS IN A PRIVATE PARTY’S HELICOPTER - SUCH LOWEST ARE HIS MORAL GROUNDS. HE WANTS TO ENTER PARLAMENT FOR HIS SELFISH GAINS OF FUTURE. PERSON WHO WORKED IN INCOME-TAX DEPARTMENT THEN JUST IMAGINE - WHAT TYPE OF STATE / NATION ADMINISTRATION EXPERIENCE. CAN HE HAVE . HOW CAN AN EX-INCOME TAX DEPU. COMMISSIONER MANAGE INDIAN NATION ? CAN HE MANAGE NATIONAL SECURITY ? CAN HE MANAGE FOREIGN POLICY ? CAN HE MANAGE OUR INDIAN SOCIAL HARMONY ? CAN HE MANAGE INDUSTRIAL POLICY ? WHAT CREDENTIALS HE HAS GOT TO LEAD SUCH A BIG INDIAN NATION… ?... ?... ?... ?... ?...YESBUT HE KNOWS ONLY DHARNA BUT NO FASTS - A CHAMDI [ SKIN ] BACHAV [ SAVER ] SO CALLED SHAM NETA [ LEADER ].IT IS SAID THAT - A GROUP CAN FOOL INDIVIDUALS ONES , ALL PUBLIC ONES BUT NOT ALL AND EVERYBODY ALWAYS AND AT ALL-TIMES - VANDE MATARAM ! BHARAT MATA KI JAY !!HENCE , HE SHOULD BE CONDEMNED BY ONE AND ALL - AT ALL TIMES , AT ALL THE PLACES – HERE & THERE AND EVERYWHERE.
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                                            Mar 17, 2014 at 2:08 am
                                            The choice of the pictures say it all about the desired impact of the article
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