• Monday, October 03, 2022

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In poll-bound Gujarat, Arvind Kejriwal is greeted with ‘Modi, Modi’ chant

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

He has been eyeing power in Gujarat, the home state of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, for a while now. Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal has also been making frequent trips to the western state in the run-up to the assembly elections.

On Tuesday (20), Kejriwal made yet another visit to Gujarat and this time, he was greeted with “Modi, Modi” chants at the Vadodara airport ahead of his town hall meeting.

As soon as the AAP leader stepped out of the airport gate, he saw people welcoming him by chanting the prime minister’s name. A smiling Kejriwal did not react on the spot and said he would talk at the press conference.

Kejriwal was on a day-long visit to Gujarat and was set to address the town-hall meeting.

He has made a slew of promises during his last several visits to Gujarat with an eye on the election, including free electricity up to 300 units a month; allowances for women and unemployed youth; free and quality healthcare and education; and jobs.

The BJP has been in rule in Gujarat for more than two decades now. The AAP is hopeful that it would be able to capitalise on an anti-incumbency mood and in place of the Indian National Congress, which it feels has become weak in the state.

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