Direct From Varanasi..Arvind Kejriwal on Rahul & Modi..
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Monday joined his party’s general election campaign in Delhi, where AAP came to power after a spectacular debut in the December assembly elections.
Addressing an election rally in Dwarka locality in West Delhi constituency, Kejriwal defended his 49-day government and cautioned voters that electing the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or the rulingCongress would “either double or quadruple” inflation.
“If after elections either Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi forms the government, inflation will definitely increase by two to four times,” Kejriwal said. “But you can stop this inflation by the power of your votes.”
Emerging as the second largest party with 28 seats in the 70-member Delhi assembly in December, AAP pushed the ruling Congress in the state to a distant third with eight seats.
It took outside support from the Congress and formed a government, only to quit it after 49 days, alleging a collusion between BJP and Congress to stall the anti-graft Jan Lokpal legislation.
On Monday, Kejriwal defended his move of quitting government and sought to hard-sell achievements of his government. “A lot of work happened during that time and the BJP and the Congress got scared that at this rate, they would not win even one seat,” he said. “If I wanted, I would have continued being the chief minister. But I asked my soul and it told me that I am not here to cling to the chair and so I went ahead and resigned.”
Defending a two-day protest he held in the national capital in January against the Delhi Police, Kejriwal said: “I was the chief minister and I could have easily taken a big bungalow and slept in an air-conditioned room. But, I slept on the streets in four degree Celsius temperature. They say this is drama. If this is drama, then they too should do drama.”
Kejriwal will contest against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency. In a direct attack on the Gujarat chief minister, he said that there was no Modi wave anywhere in the country.