The former Delhi chief minister, who held a roadshow here before filing his nomination papers, highlighted the ‘massive’ spending in the advertisement campaigns for Modi and Rahul and asked the people to decide what kind of democracy they want. (JPN/Agencies)
"Somebody was saying that Modi is spending Rs 5000 crore in advertisements. Gandhi is also spending a lot of money. You watch TV, read newspapers, see billboards, they are there and everywhere. If he is elected to power, he will make at least Rs 5 lakh crore,” said Kejriwal.
"I am a fakir. I have no money. I will run a campaign on your money. You decide what do you want," he added.
Accusing the Congress vice-president of cheating the people of Amethi, Kejriwal said people told him that they kept electing the ‘family’ member in hope their constituency will be developed.
"Nothing happened and they feel cheated," he said.
"They don't get to see him. They see only his helicopter flying in the sky. I hope it does not happen in Varanasi that you are pointed to a flying chopper and told that your leader (Modi) is there....You decide if you want helicopter democracy or somebody who goes to villages and mohallas" he added.
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 after the BJP decided to field Modi from this prestigious Lok Sabha seat 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 Congress has given ticket to Ajay Rai while 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, highlighted the ‘massive’ spending in the advertisement campaigns for Modi and Rahul and asked the people to decide what kind of democracy they want.