Arvind Kejriwal set to visit Gujarat today; poster war begins

Media reports said Kejriwal would meet families of the deceased Patel youths in Mehsana and Ahmedabad on October 14 and 15

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will on Friday visit Gujarat to review his party’s preparations for assembly polls due next year. Kejriwal will stay for four days in the state, starting October 14.

According to media reports, the AAP chief will meet family members of Patidar youths, who were killed in the quota stir violence last year, during his Gujarat tour beginning Friday, a move dubbed as “casteist politics” and “stunt” by ruling BJP.

Slamming the Delhi Chief Minister, state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani alleged that the AAP leader is creating tension in Gujarat by raking up past incidents. Media reports said Kejriwal would meet families of the deceased Patel youths in Mehsana and Ahmedabad on October 14 and 15.

Following the meeting, Kejriwal will address a rally in Surat on October 16, before leaving for Delhi on October 17 afternoon. In what can be its bid to beat BJP in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state,  AAP is expected to join hands with Patel community leader Hardik Patel.

Meanwhile, ahead of his visit and October 16 rally in Suraj, bill boards carrying his photographs with terrorist Burhan Wani, Hafiz Saeed and Osama bin Laden, terming them “heroes of Pakistan”, appeared at different locations across the city on Thursday, reported The Indian Express.

The AAP chief blamed BJP for the poster, however, the ruling party denied the allegation, saying that,  it had nothing to do with such banners.

On Thursday, AAP had claimed that its posters for the rally were removed from different areas in the city.  The Indian Express report said, AAP leader, after getting information about the banners, reached the spot and removed them.

Surat AAP spokesperson Yogesh Jadvani said, “The banners had been put up by BJP workers as they don’t want Kejriwal meeting to take place. We have removed eight such banners. We are expecting over one lakh people to attend Kejriwal’s public meeting. AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas and Sanjay Singh will also accompany Kejriwal.”