Kejriwal in Gujarat: BJP is all set to counter every move by AAP

Kejriwal, who was on his second visit to Gujarat in three months, was making a deep dent in the BJP constituencies and cashing in on the disgruntlement in them.

Written by Leena Misra | Updated: October 15, 2016 3:00 pm
kejriwal, kejriwal in gujarat, arvind kejriwal, gujarat election, BJP, aam aadmi party, AAP news Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal talking to media on his arrival at Sardar Patel airport in Ahmedabad on Friday. PTI Photo

Days before Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Friday evening landing in Gujarat, the BJP circulated a five minute video on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) talking about its unkept promises, and the cases against AAP ministers in Delhi to give out a message that here was a leader who had set his sights on Gujarat while “missing” from his work place in Delhi. The video also blamed Kejriwal for the Patidar quota riots and the Dalit unrest in Gujarat.

Why should the BJP, a political mammoth comfortably ensconced in Gujarat for over two decades, worry about a fledgling called AAP which barely got two per cent of votes in its debut elections in Gujarat in 2014?

Just like the painstaking five-minute video, BJP  leaders in Gujarat have busied themselves countering Kejriwal’s every move, adding to the sound and fury that precedes every Kejriwal visit to this BJP bastion.

To begin with, the Surat Municipal Corporation removed all the arches put up by the party to welcome him, saying they were “unauthorised”. The latest are posters that came up in Surat juxtaposing Kejriwal with Osama Bin Laden, Hafiz Saeed and Burhan Wani, under the title “Pakistan’s heroes”. Even as the BJP leaders in Surat blamed AAP for putting up the anti-Kejriwal posters “to seek attention”, pictures of these posters were tweeted and retweeted by none less than BJP leaders.

Kejriwal, who was on his second visit to Gujarat in three months, was making a deep dent in the BJP constituencies and cashing in on the disgruntlement in them. Apart from meeting Patidars and farmers, he had also launched his Gujarat yatra from Somnath, auspicious as per the BJP tradition, on his last visit in July when his meeting with Surat traders was called off after permission was refused for the venue. Yet he covered good ground in Saurashtra, following up the meeting with farmers in Somnath with a road show.

This time, Kejriwal will be doing his first public meeting in Surat, in Yogi chowk of the Patidar dominated Varachha area where the opposition to the BJP has been so vocal that the Hardik Patel-founded Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) shouted down an event held a few kilometres from here in Mota Varachha, to felicitate BJP national president Amit Shah and other Patidar leaders of BJP, last month. Kejriwal’s announced “two-day Gujarat tour” will actually be a three night stay during which he will cover Mehsana, Vadodara and Surat and by taking the road, he would end up covering north, central and south Gujarat. The itinerary also has a “puja” at Umiya mata temple in Unjha — the reigning deity of the Kadva Patels.

While the attention that the BJP has given AAP is disproportionate to its electoral weight in the state so far, the math and chemistry of this tour is what could be worrying the BJP, which had swept the general elections with Narendra Modi at its helm in 2014, leaving the Congress out in the cold. While AAP cannot take the place of BJP in Gujarat, it can easily get into the Congress’s space. So, while the BJP is all for a “Congress-mukt Bharat” sources in the BJP suggest that it is happier fighting the Congress in Gujarat than AAP.

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    VISWALINGAM
    Oct 15, 2016 at 10:05 am
    KEJERIWALJI , IT IS THE DUTY OF THE POLICE TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE CRIMINAL , AND THERE IS NO QUESTION OF TIMING AND ALL OTHER NONSENSE. IT IS FOOLISH OF ONE TO SAY THAT A CRIMINAL HAS TO BE DEALT WITH THE TIME FRAME. YOU ARE BECOMING A FAMOUS JOKER . YOU ARE SHOUTING BECAUSE OF YOUR JEALOUSY OF PM MODI . ( ALL MYANMAR TAMIL HINDU FANS OF PM MODI )
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      VISWALINGAM
      Oct 15, 2016 at 10:05 am
      VISWALINGAMlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;KEJERIWALJI , IT IS THE DUTY OF THE POLICE TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE CRIMINAL , AND THERE IS NO QUESTION OF TIMING AND ALL OTHER NONSENSE. IT IS FOOLISH OF ONE TO SAY THAT A CRIMINAL HAS TO BE DEALT WITH THE TIME FRAME. YOU ARE BECOMING A FAMOUS JOKER . YOU ARE SHOUTING BECAUSE OF YOUR JEALOUSY OF PM MODI . ( ALL MYANMAR TAMIL HINDU FANS OF PM MODI )
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        Srividya Jayaraman
        Oct 15, 2016 at 5:43 pm
        Aap is a party for aapeasing varucans who can fall.to thwir feet and sance to their tunes and abuse upper caste Hindus who are contributing mainly for.the Indian economy.People.like you will.support such parties.Because their prime aim.is to abuse Modi and upper caste Hindus.
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          Srividya Jayaraman
          Oct 15, 2016 at 5:38 pm
          But still as a Delhite we are suffering from the crooked.AAP.and aaptards. By the way they are taking Delhi tax payers money as ry for the filth work.they are doing.
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            Srividya Jayaraman
            Oct 15, 2016 at 5:31 pm
            Commondians are fed up with rhetoric of joker Kejriwal and aaptards
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              Srividya Jayaraman
              Oct 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm
              Only for ic aaptards.
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                Srividya Jayaraman
                Oct 15, 2016 at 5:40 pm
                Rightly said. Half the aapiens are not Delhitoes and talking for Delhi
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                  Srividya Jayaraman
                  Oct 15, 2016 at 5:33 pm
                  Then why AAP is taking ry and let Health Minister design and stop taking Delhi people tax payers money. Money should be taken from ry of yours.
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                    Srividya Jayaraman
                    Oct 15, 2016 at 5:47 pm
                    These hall.marks are.of goons AAP.and their paid chamchas like you to.promote. AAP .and aaptards are filth and party of goons
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                      Manoj
                      Oct 15, 2016 at 7:14 am
                      Kejriwal ji hum aap ke saat h.
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                        PCKULKARNI
                        Oct 16, 2016 at 7:00 am
                        So what Mr. Bhakt?
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                          PCKULKARNI
                          Oct 16, 2016 at 4:32 am
                          You seem to be RAW represenive
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                            PCKULKARNI
                            Oct 16, 2016 at 4:25 am
                            You seem to have Kejriwal phobia
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                              seshan
                              Oct 16, 2016 at 2:44 am
                              Infosys is best company in the world. Why jealous?? So many great engineers are emplo by Infosys and so many desi parents get to see US and UK. It is super cool to work with a great company like infosys
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                                SK
                                Oct 15, 2016 at 7:23 pm
                                a number of AAP MLAs in Delhi are serving time and there are others who have been accused of harment by women and are under trail. the AAP MLAs gave themselves 400% raise in one shot.
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                                  SK
                                  Oct 15, 2016 at 7:20 pm
                                  the AAP performance in Delhi shows that Kejriwal's intentions are to create confrontation with others. he made allegations his own power secretary in the press. if the allegations were true then he did not take any action even though he is a CM. why? he supported his former law minister Tomar about the fake degree case before court's verdict. Tomar is now serving time for fake degree case.
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                                    Yogita
                                    Oct 16, 2016 at 5:06 am
                                    Zero delivered in Delhi and this guy roaming all over India for power - promising the world to everyone and making fools of them
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                                      Pulkit
                                      Oct 15, 2016 at 6:04 pm
                                      Amit Shah is a crook.
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                                        Pulkit
                                        Oct 15, 2016 at 6:06 pm
                                        BJP is taking the country back to 7th Century.
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                                          aj
                                          Oct 15, 2016 at 5:23 pm
                                          C'on looks like that some one in your family got Ration card made? or got Pport made by Kejruddin same as Shilpa?
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                                            abdul hameed
                                            Oct 15, 2016 at 7:56 am
                                            Amit shah why so much fear about his visit in your so called developed state if it is real ?
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