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Kejriwal greeted with eggs, faces stiff BJP opposition in Varanasi

Pawan Dixit, Hindustan Times  Varanasi, March 25, 2014
First Published: 14:02 IST(25/3/2014) | Last Updated: 14:08 IST(25/3/2014)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal faced stiff opposition in Varanasi on Tuesday by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers and was greeted with eggs when he came out of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

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Kejriwal, who shocked Congress by unseating it from power in Delhi after 17 years, has said he is willing to contest against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, but would file papers only after seeking opinion from the people of Varanasi.

BJP workers greeted Kejriwal with slogan 'Jo na lag paya khaki se wo kya lagega Kashi se' (One who could not face cops, how will be contest from Kashi).    

Students of UP College also opposed Kejriwal when his cavalcade passed through the Bhojubeer area of the temple.

BJP workers followed the AAP leader's cavalcade where ever he went after arriving at the Cantonment railway station from New Delhi at around 8.10am.

Kejriwal's cavalcade went to the residence of Manvendra Singh, a close associate of the AAP convener, at Tagore Town in Orderly Bazar from the railway station.

Outside the main gate of the colony, BJP workers staged a protest against Kejriwal.   

From Singh's residence, Kejriwal went to Bhaisasur ghat to take a dip in the holy Ganga. From the ghat, he reached the Kalbhairav Temple at Maidagin with BJP workers following his cavalcade.

BJP workers staged a protest against Kejriwal outside the temple as well.

He then reached the Kashi Vishwanath Temple with the BJP workers in tow.

At the historic Kashi Vishwanath temple, main priest Srikant Mishra performed Rudrabhishek for about an hour. Kejriwal also took part in a bhog aarti. As the AAP convener came out of the temple he was greeted with eggs. A few people from the mob, waiting outside the temple, hurled two eggs simultaneously. One hit Kejriwal's car and another a bystander.

Kejriwal then went to Tulsi ghat to meet Prof Vishambarnath Mishra, mahant of the Sankat Mochan temple.

During his Gujarat tour in which he claimed to have exposed Modi's development model and in calling out the mainstream media as being pro-Modi, Kejriwal has posed a direct challenge to the PM-aspirant.

The BJP may dismiss it as a no-contest but Kejriwal has demonstrated willingness to take Modi head on, something that the Congress has been diffident about.

Polling for the Varanasi seat will be held on May 12, four days before votes are counted, in the final round of the nine-phase elections that kick off on April 7.


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