Kejriwal, who will contest against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress’ Ajay Rai from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, reached the city on Tuesday morning by train. The former Delhi chief minister was welcomed by his supporters, who had gathered at Cantt railway station here in large numbers.

While AAP supporters welcomed Kejriwal with flowers, there were also posters in and outside the railway station that labelled him as 'bhagoda' (deserter).

AAP supporters removed many such posters but tight police security ensured that there was no untoward action. There have been many instances of Kejriwal being assaulted during his poll campaign in Delhi while during his last Varanasi visit black ink was thrown at him and other AAP leaders.
    
Many train commuters, however, were heard complaining to police and railway officials about inconvenience caused to them due to huge crowd and police presence at the railway station.

Kejriwal, who is accompanied by his family members, is expected to spend almost a month in Varanasi where the filing of nomination papers would begin on April 17. The polling in Varanasi would take place on May 12.    

He is also expected to visit Amethi from where his party colleague Kumar Vishwas is pitted against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

(Agencies)

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