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Gujarat Elections 2022: Take payment from BJP, but work for AAP, says Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal is on a two-day visit to the poll-bound Gujarat.

Gujarat Elections 2022: Take payment from BJP, but work for AAP, says Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal (File Image)

Delhi Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday appealed to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Gujarat to work for his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) while staying in the ruling party, adding that all BJP workers will also benefit from the guarantees promised by AAP, when the party comes to power in the upcoming 2022 Gujarat elections.

Addressing a press conference in Rajkot on the final day of his two-day visit to poll-bound Gujarat, he said, “You (BJP workers) can stay in that party but work for AAP. Many of them get paid (by BJP), so take the payment from there, but work for us, because we do not have money,” he said.

“We do not want BJP leaders. The BJP can keep its leaders. BJP’s ‘panna pramukhs’, workers in villages, booths and talukas are joining us in droves. I would like to ask them what the BJP gave them in return for their service in the party even after so many years?” the CM added.

The AAP national convener said that the ruling party did not offer free and quality education, healthcare and free electricity to BJP workers and their family members but AAP will care for their welfare.

“When we form a government, we will provide free electricity, and this will apply to your houses as well. We will provide you with free, 24-hour power, and build good schools for your children where they will get free education. We will ensure free and quality treatment for your family members and offer Rs 1,000 to women (as allowance) in your family,” he said.

On the recent attack on Gujarat AAP general secretary Manoj Sorathiya, Kejriwal said that the attack shows the desperation of the ruling party.

“The attack on Manoj Sorathiya shows that BJP is desperate. It is not able to understand what to do. It is staring at a defeat,” he said.

Kejriwal said that AAP is not like Congress and cannot be intimidated by the ruling party, adding that the party will respond to the 27 years of “misgovernance” of the BJP.

“We are not going to be scared. We are not cowards. We will fight hard against injustice and corruption. Six crore people of Gujarat now have an alternative (in AAP). They will respond to the 27 years of misgovernance (of BJP),” he said.

He appealed to people to not resort to violence, but to stay patient and express their anger by voting for the AAP.

“I would like to tell the people that the number of attacks will increase in the coming 2-3 months not just on AAP but on the people. They will attack those people who say they will vote for AAP. Those who speak against BJP will be attacked. They are going to attack people in large numbers,”the AAP leader said.

He also appealed to people to promote AAP on social media.

The assembly elections in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, are slated to be held in December this year.

Kejriwal will be visiting Surat today evening to take part in ‘aarti’ at a Ganesh pandal, which has been set up outside the party’s office in the Seemada Naka area and named ‘AAP Ka Raja’.

The AAP leader had visited Devbhumi Dwarka on Friday where he offered prayers at Lord Dwarkadhish temple and addressed a public meeting.

A day earlier, Kejriwal announced yet another “guarantee” to waive crop loans of farmers if the AAP comes to power. Further, he also promised 12-hour daytime electricity, Rs 20,000 per acre compensation for crop failure, Narmada water to canal command area, and purchase of crops at the Minimum Support Price.

(With PTI inputs)

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