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Pradip Kumar Maitra, Hindustan Times
Nagpur, March 14, 2014
Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the media were colluding in a conspiracy hatched by some intellectuals to promote Narendra Modi.

His latest anti-media remarks came a day after he told a fundraiser dinner that his party, if voted to power, would send behind bars those journalists who had been "bought" to promote Modi. On Friday morning, he denied having said that.

But addressing a public rally in Nagpur, he said his party would not get "intimidated by the terrorising attitude of the media".

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"Modi had a blot on his political career because of his alleged involvement in the Gujarat riots that killed hundreds of people. Therefore, a conspiracy was hatched to project him as man of development. These people need to be identified and be punished for the conspiracy," Kejriwal said.

Questioning the Gujarat model of development, he said that it was "media hype" and people of the state were suffering a lot.

"I have succeeded to some extent to exposing the myth of development of Gujarat during my recent tour in the state," he claimed.

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He continued, "The poor farmers are deprived of their rightful land and taken away by Modi government and given to industries at cheaper rates. The farmers are not getting adequate compensation for the same," he said and asked how it could be a model state in the country.

Launching a frontal attack on, BJP, Kejriwal said the BJP was in power at the Centre and in Delhi but did nothing to provide justice to the victims of anti-Sikh riots of 1984.

Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal waves to his supporters during a road show in Mumbai ahead of Lok Sabha polls. (AFP photo)

"When we assumed power, the AAP set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the riots," he pointed out.

About 15,000-20,000 people gathered at the ground to listen the former Delhi chief minister. Former prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Atal Behari Vajpayee and Congress president Sonia Gandhi have addressed several gatherings at this ground that has a capacity for 100,000 people.

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