Modi won't be PM, BJP won't get 160 seats, declares Kejriwal yesterday
Varanasi: Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has declared that the BJP will not get more than 160 seats and that Narendra Modi will never be the Prime Minister.
Kejriwal, who is contesting against Modi from the Varanasi seat, said that he is not seeking brownie points by fighting Modi but only wants to save the nation and that the electoral battle should not be seen as a mere 'battle of prestige'.
The AAP chief also said that victories in Varanasi and Amethi, where his party colleague Kumar Vishwas is taking on the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, will be 'enough to shake up the country' even if his fledgling outfit does not win 100 seats in the Lok Sabha polls.
"Modiji brought me to Varanasi. And this is not a battle of prestige, but one to save the country from corrupt forces like the BJP and the Congress," Kejriwal said.
When questioned if his decision to fight against Modi from Varanasi was one planned to garner electoral and political mileage, the AAP leader answered, "It is not so... Wherever the Aam Aadmi Party enters once, it maintains an everlasting tie with that place and its people. We have come to Varanasi and we will never leave it."
Varanasi will go to the polls on May 12. The contest between the Gujarat chief minister and Kejriwal is the most keenly-watched contest, in which the former seems to have the upper hand. Both the leaders filed their nomination papers accompanied by large numbers of supporters and their cavalcades. Modi's road show - a day after Kejriwal's - was joined by thousands, sending out a strong signal of his popularity. Besides Modi, Congress' Ajay Rai is another contender.
Asked about the number of seats AAP was hoping to muster in the house of 543, Kejriwal said: "We will get what people will give. I am not worried about the results. Imagine you seeing news on TV and coming to know that both Modiji and Rahul Gandhiji got defeated. The Congress will be destroyed and BJP will cease to exist."
As to why the over a-year-old party did not wait for the 2019 general election, Kejriwal answered: "People said we should have contested 30 seats (in Lok Sabha) and gradually taken the graph higher, but that is conventional politics. Had we waited till 2019, the country would not have been there."
On whether he is finding it difficult to convince voters about his decision to desert the Delhi government after 49 days in power, Kejriwal noted, "You have only one point against me that I resigned from the post of Delhi chief minister. But I did no corruption whereas Modiji is the agent of Ambani. All I have to do is to convince people, and they are getting convinced. "The comparison is between the one who resigned, and the one who is looting the country." more
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and money by any means legal or illegal and even on the cost of lives of
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Now we are not free from any side even celebrating independence day since
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they captured booths (poling stations) with muscle power, threatens voters
and even Prime Minister candidate ignored/violated the code of conduct
time and again. Complete media and administrative system has been
paralysed/captured by BJP and Congress with nexus between politicians and
corporate houses and senior administrative group officers.
Due to all these situations AAP was developed. more