Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had an eventful Day 1 on his first tour to Gujarat since his Delhi victory. He was “detained” for 30 minutes at Radhanpur police station in north Gujarat and his car was attacked in Kutch.
Kejriwal’s four-day tour to “assess” Gujarat’s development model coincided with the announcement of Lok Sabha elections and the enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) on Wednesday.
At Radhanpur, after Kejriwal finished his third public interaction at Gayatri Shaktipeeth, he was taken to the police station around 3 pm and told that his convoy was violating traffic rules and the MCC. He was told he would have to be detained on orders of the collector.
Patan district SP Parikshita Rathod, however, told The Indian Express, “He was asked if he had the necessary permissions for the road show since the MCC is in effect now. There was no detention or arrest.”
A commotion ensued as Kejriwal asked for papers ordering his detention. In the meanwhile, AAP supporters staged a dharna outside the Radhanpur police station, shouting anti-Modi slogans. After Kejriwal was let off, the convoy proceeded towards Kutch where at Kharoi village in Bhachau, he was greeted with black flags — the fourth such demonstration on Wednesday, after Sankheshwar (Surendranagar district), Sami and Radhanpur (Patan district). Later, one of the flag-weilders threw the mast at the Innova car that Kejriwal was riding, shattering the windshield.
Before this, Kejriwal had declared at Echchwada village that his party would fight all 26 LS seats in Gujarat and later told mediapersons that he had not ruled out an electoral contest against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.