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Ready to take on Modi : Kejriwal
Says final call during Varanasi visit on March 23
Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service

Bangalore, March 16
The stage is set for a high-voltage contest between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi with Kejriwal today announcing that he would challenge Modi in the historic city.

Addressing a rally, Kejriwal said he would formally announce his decision to engage Modi in Varanasi during his visit to the city on March 23. He urged AAP supporters from all over India to gather at Varanasi for the rally.

The AAP chief, who landed in Bangalore on Friday evening and wound up his visit by addressing the rally today, said both the Congress and the BJP were equally corrupt. He said it was necessary to defeat the top leaders of the two parties and take wind out of their sails. “Good candidates must be put up against top leaders,” he said.

He said AAP functionary Kumar Vishwas had been sent to Amethi to engage Rahul Gandhi. “There was a meeting of the party and I was told that I must contest against Narendra Modiji. I know it’s a very big challenge. The challenge is acceptable to me,” Kejriwal said.

“We have not come here for position or money. We are here to sacrifice our lives for the country. There is not even an iota of desire in any corner of my heart for post or money. I do have one desire though. Like Bhagat Singh sacrificed his life for the country, I shall also consider myself fortunate if I could give away my life while fighting for the betterment of the country,” he said.

“I have been given the ticket by the party, but this does not hold much significance for me,” he said. He would engage Modi happily when people of Varanasi would endorse his decision to contest against Modi, he said.

Kejriwal said he was just an ordinary man. “I don’t have money or manpower. You people have to fight the election for me. I am just a face,” he said.

He said he had heard talks that Modi might contest from a “safe seat” also besides Varanasi. If this turns out to be true, it will show the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in a poor light, Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal, however, gave enough indications that though he would be contesting the Lok Sabha elections, his eyes were still firmly set on the Delhi CM’s post. More than once, he said in the course of his speech that AAP would secure majority in the Delhi Assembly elections and he would make a return as the Chief Minister.

The AAP leader also introduced the 13 AAP candidates from Karnataka to the supporters and said they were like “jewels”.





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