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In BJP stronghold, Kejriwal is ‘Vishnu avatar’

'Before coming into power, they spoke of development. But now they speak of dharam parivartan'

Written by Sarah Hafeez | New Delhi |
Updated: January 19, 2015 2:54:51 am
Kejriwal at a public meeting in Bawana. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Mehra) Kejriwal at a public meeting in Bawana. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

Arvind Kejriwal was likened to Ram and Krishna, the “avatars of Vishnu”, sent to end corruption on earth, by the party’s Bawana candidate, Ved Prakash.

Prakash recently joined the AAP from the BJP and also contested from Bawana in the 2003.

“Krishna was born to end all evil during the Dvapara Yuga and Ram was born to vanquish Raavan, the embodiment of evil in Treta Yuga. Arvind Kejriwal is an avatar of Vishnu and has been sent here to vanquish corruption,” Prakash said.

The constituency had witnessed communal tension in November over the question of taking out a Tazia procession through the town centre.

Speaking at the rally, Kejriwal launched an attack on the BJP. “Before coming into power, they spoke of development. But now they speak of dharam parivartan,” he said.

Kejriwal claimed that Kiran Bedi wasn’t simply the “face of BJP”, but was roped in to shoulder the blame for the party’s “imminent loss in the upcoming Assembly elections”.

Since AAP is looking to make inroads into the rural voter base in Delhi, traditionally a BJP bastion, Kejriwal spoke of the Land Ordinance passed by the BJP, which he said would affect farmers in 360 villages in Delhi.

“The BJP is eyeing your land, it will forcibly take it away from you and to give away to rich businessmen. Our Grameen Morcha will be specifically working to address problems of the Lal Dora rural areas,” Kejriwal said.

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