Kejriwal cancels Gujarat visit, AAP alleges vendetta
Surat, June 29 (IANS) The AAP on Wednesday accused the Gujarat government of putting pressure on a Surat university to cancel the booking of a hall as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was to attend an event.
Alleging political vendetta, the Aam Aadmi Party blamed Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel’s office for the cancellation by the Veer Narmad South Gujarat University.
The AAP said this had forced Kejriwal to cancel his visit to Gujarat on July 10. He was also to visit Somnath.
Gujarat AAP leader and Delhi MLA Gulab Yadav and state AAP president Kanu Kalsaria told reporters that the hall’s booking was cancelled on the direction of the Chief Minister’s Office in Gandhinagar.
“This is nothing but political vendetta,” Yadav said. “It also shows how much they fear Kejriwal.”
The AAP said Kejriwal was invited by some leading businessmen of Surat to attend a function on July 10.
The AAP said such “cheap political tactics” would not deter Kejriwal from visiting Gujarat any time during the next two months.
Poll manifesto is our holy book: Arvind Kejriwal
Panaji, June 29 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused the BJP and its President Amit Shah of betraying promises made in the election manifesto.
Kejriwal claimed that for the Aam Aadmi Party, a poll manifesto document has the same sanctity as a holy book like the Bible, Quran or the Gita.
Addressing a group of small hoteliers in the beach village of Calangute in North Goa as part of his Goa Dialogues, Kejriwal also said that he keeps the party’s manifesto for the 2014 Delhi assembly elections saved on his mobile phone and reviews it with his team every day.
“In an interview, BJP President Amit Shah said the promise of black money worth Rs 15 lakh deposited in everyone’s account was a pre-poll ‘jumla’. For some parties it can be a ‘jumla’, but for Aam Aadmi Party our manifesto is Bible, Quran and Gita,” Kejriwal said.
“One way to put together a manifesto is by hiring some experts. They can give you a good-looking manifesto. There are many symptoms of high command culture. When manifestos are made in the air-conditioned rooms, then that is also high command culture. Today the people of Goa are preparing a manifesto, not Kejriwal,” the AAP national convener said.
“I keep our manifesto saved in my mobile phone. We check (it) every morning, ticking everything which is done. What we promised, what we delivered,” Kejriwal added.