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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Former AAP MLA Binny to take on Kejriwal in Varanasi

Darpan Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 27, 2014
First Published: 22:56 IST(27/3/2014) | Last Updated: 22:58 IST(27/3/2014)

Expelled Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Vinod Kumar Binny has decided to challenge Arvind Kejriwal in Varanasi. And much like the AAP convenor, he will also “take people’s consent” before taking the plunge.

“I will reach Varanasi on April 10-11 and ask people there if I should contest against Kejriwal. If people say yes, I will definitely take him on,” Binny told Hindustan Times.

AAP expelled Binny on January 26 this year for branding Kejriwal a dictator. Binny had won the Laxmi Nagar assembly seat by defeating then Delhi health minister AK Walia by around 8,000 votes, emerging as one of the prominent AAP faces.

His relations with the party soured after he was denied a ministerial berth in the Kejriwal government. Things further deteriorated when AAP also denied him a Lok Sabha ticket.

“I will run a pol-khol campaign in against Kejriwal till April 17 when nominations start in Varanasi. I will tell people that he fooled Delhi's residents by making false promises and toppled his own government in just 49 days to chase his national ambitions,” he said. 

Binny said Kejriwal’s agenda has been changing --from corruption to communalism and castes. “If people say yes, I will contest as an independent candidate,” he said.

After BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Kejriwal, east Uttar Pradesh Mafioso Mukhtar Ansari has also announced his candidature from Varanasi.

A Delhi University graduate, Binny was with the Congress from 2009 to 2011 but left it to join the Janlokpal movement. He was once said to be the man behind the party’s Mohalla Sabha (neighbourhood meeting) strategy.

After being expelled from the party he held a blink-and-you-miss-it protest in Delhi and also unsuccessfully tried a Trinamool Congress ticket from East Delhi.

“We have no comments to offer. He has done such theatrics before just to be in news,” said a senior AAP leader.


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