The former Delhi chief minister, who held a roadshow here before filing his nomination papers, lashed out at Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and said the ‘people should not get fooled’ (JPN/Agencies)
“I am going to file my nomination in this worn out vehicle but Modi will come tomorrow in his helicopter. So, the people of Kashi should also not get fooled like the people in Amethi have been fooled for many years now," Kejriwal told his supporters.
Projecting himself as an ‘honest’ alternative, Kejriwal also said that the people of Varanasi want a candidate with whom they could share their problems.
Modi is scheduled to file his nomination papers on Thursday.
Kejriwal had last month announced that he will contest from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat after the BJP decided to field Modi from this prestigious constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Kejriwal, who had led the Aam Aadmi Party to a spectacular victory in the Delhi Assembly polls in December last year, has been trying to replicate his successful campaign model in Varanasi by holding scores of roadshows.
Hundreds of AAP volunteers are making door-to-door visits to garner support from people in this temple city. The constituency has around 1.5 lakh Muslim voters and Kejriwal has been trying hard to woo the community.
The BJP on the other hand has been running an aggressive campaign to consolidate its vote bank.
The Samajwadi Party has fielded Kailash Chaurasiya, who is a sitting MLA from nearby Mirzapur. Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fielded Vijay Prakash Jaisawal while CPI (M) has given ticket to veteran party worker Heera Lal Yadav.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has fielded Indira Tiwari.
Polling in Varanasi would be held in the last phase of Lok Sabha elections on 12th May.
In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi had won the seat defeating gangster-cum-politician Mukhtar Ansari by a margin of 17,000 votes.
The former Delhi chief minister, who held a roadshow here before filing his nomination papers, lashed out at Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and said the ‘people should not get fooled’