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Modi wave media hype: Kejriwal

chandigarh Updated: Mar 30, 2014 23:57 IST
Monica Sharma
Arvind Kejriwal

The Modi wave is media hype in the views of Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal.

"The ground reality is that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate exists nowhere (in the reckoning)," he said on Sunday during a road show in Chandigarh in support of his party's Lok Sabha candidate, film actress Gul Panag. "If there was a Modi wave, why would he file another nomination from Vadodra after entering the contest against me in Varanasi," said Kejriwal.

Modi was afraid that he would lose from Varanasi, said the former Delhi chief minister, adding: "Yeh media wale jhooth bol rahe hain (the media are lying), Modi ki koi hawa nahi hai (there is no Modi wave); yahan to bus dhoop hai (there's only sunshine here)."

Touring the city, Kejriwal iterated that the chief ministers of Gujarat (Modi) and Haryana (Bhupinder Singh Hooda) were working for business tycoon Mukesh Ambani. "Modi is responsible for the threefold increase in gas price, for he recommended it to the Centre to please Ambani," he said.

"Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Modi both travel in the private jets of Mukesh Ambani. People can imagine how they will entertain the magnate after winning," Kejriwal further said, marketing his clean image and movement against corruption.

The Congress and the BJP, he said, might be different parties but their agenda were the same: to fool the common man. Moving in an open jeep with Gul, Kejriwal appealed to the voters to fight corruption, unemployment and price rise by choosing an alternative that did not promote all this.

Referring to his short stint in Delhi CM, Kejriwal said both the Congress and the BJP had not let him work.

'Kirron to serve only Modi'
About candidate Gul, he said she was not only a film personality but also a social activist associated with the party since the Jan Lokpal bill agitation. "Her rival from the BJP, Kirron Kher, is contesting just to gift the seat to Modi," he went on to say, "but Gul wants to serve the city, for it has seen little development in 15 years during the tenure of (Congress candidate) Pawan Kumar Bansal."

More cars, less code
People poured out on the streets for a glimpse of the anti-corruption crusader, whose motorcade was much bigger that the sanctioned 10 cars. It grew bigger with two-wheelers joining in.

Bansal in the firing line
Attacking the sitting Chandigarh MP who was sacked as railway minister after the cash-for-promotion scam made headlines, Kejriwal said it was impossible that Pawan Kumar Bansal was innocent, while his nephew was involved.