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Arvind Kejriwal to address rally in Delhi

Darpan Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 31, 2014
First Published: 09:21 IST(31/3/2014) | Last Updated: 10:57 IST(31/3/2014)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal will address his first parliamentary election rally in Delhi on Monday.

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This comes a day after Congress president Sonia Gandhi addressed her maiden rally and attacked Kejriwal by saying: "Some people believed running a government was child's play. You have seen how they have run away."

At his rally at Dwarka in West Delhi constituency, Kejriwal will justify his decision to quit as the Delhi chief minister in 49 days.

Fresh from public rallies and road shows in Haryana, Kejriwal will also explain to the people during Monday's rally his decision to move from Delhi to Varanasi and fight BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Party sources said Kejriwal will be involved in canvassing in Delhi in one way or the other till April 8, when campaigning ends in the national capital.

The AAP leader will look to boost the moral of the party, which has been facing criticism in some quarters over Kejriwal's decision to quit a 49-day government in Delhi after he failed to introduce the Janlokpal Bill in Delhi assembly because of protests from Congress and the BJP.

In the December 2013 assembly elections, AAP had made a spectacular debut with 28 seats. But the latest ABP-Nielsen opinion poll in Delhi indicates that AAP votes are shifting substantially to Congress, and the BJP is also growing its vote gradually.

Now, AAP is making its Lok sabha election debut with Kejriwal himself taking on Modi and Kumar Vishwas contesting against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.

In West Delhi, where Kejriwal will address his rally AAP has fielded former journalist Jarnail Singh against sitting Congress MP Mahabal Mishra and BJP candidate Pravesh Verma, son of former chief minister and Jat strongman Sahib Singh Verma.

During the assembly elections, across the 10 assembly seats in the constituency, BJP polled 36% of the votes, followed by AAP with 31% and Congress with a 23% vote share. Congress couldn't win a single seat.

Jat, Sikh, Punjabi and Poorvanchali voters have a sizable presence in this constituency.


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