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AAP will contest Gujarat polls if people ask for it: Kejriwal

"The party does not contest polls. It's the people of the state who fight it. Even in Delhi, the people spent (their own) money to bring us to power," he said
Arvind Kejriwal

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will contest assembly elections in Gujarat if “people ask for it,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday.

“The party does not contest polls. It’s the people of the state who fight it. Even in Delhi, the people spent (their own) money to bring us to power,” he said while responding to a query during his maiden “Talk to AK” interaction with the public.

“Similarly, if people of Gujarat want us to contest, we will fight assembly elections in the state,” said Kejriwal, who is also national convenor of the AAP.

The party would hold a meeting in Gujarat in the next two or three months to decide its next move in the state, he said.

Kejriwal said the Aam Aadmi Party government would have done a lot more work in the national capital but for the “obstacles” put up by the central government.

“We have done lots of work in Delhi in the last one and a half years. We would have done four times more if the central government had not created obstacles for us,” Kejriwal said in response to a question during his maiden interactive session “Talk to AK”.

“Eleven officers were transferred from Delhi recently. Out of 39 posts, 20 are lying vacant in Delhi. Even from my office, an officer was transferred without informing me. An officer can’t be transferred from the CM’s office without consulting him,” he said.

He also alleged the central government wanted to paralyse the Delhi government.

“The central government wanted to paralyse the Delhi government to stall the development of Delhi. But I want to assure everyone that we will continue to work and hire experts from outside if officers are not provided by the central government,” he said.

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