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HindustanTimes Thu,23 Oct 2014

Kejriwal, supporters detained briefly in north Gujarat

Mahesh Langa, Hindustan Times  Ahmedabad, March 05, 2014
First Published: 15:23 IST(5/3/2014) | Last Updated: 20:22 IST(5/3/2014)

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal and his supporters were let off shortly after being detained by the police at Radhanpur in north Gujarat on Wednesday.

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The police, however, denied they detained the former Delhi chief minister. They claimed they were merely checking if the AAP had a permit to hold a rally in the area.

“Narendra Modi’s supporters were showing us black flags. He is an anti-common man. There is no development in Gujarat. The police were told to stop us before we started our tour,” Kejriwal said after being released by the police.

Kejriwal is on a four-day visit to Gujarat, which he had earlier said would be a fact-finding mission to check on chief minister Narendra Modi’s claims of development in Gujarat.

"We have heard a lot about the supposed development of Gujarat... We will visit Gujarat from March 5 to 8 to see the development claimed there," he had said.

"I want to learn about the development. But if there is no development, then it should be exposed."

Earlier, Kejriwal, his close aide Manish Sisodia and supporters visited Bahucharaji, where farmers are fighting against land acquisition for a car factory.

He did not rule out his election face-off with BJP's prime ministerial nominee Modi, saying "let us see."

His party has earlier said that Kejriwal may contest elections against Modi, if he stands from anywhere outside Gujarat.

There are speculations that Modi might fight elections from one seat in Uttar Pradesh and one in Gujarat. However, BJP has maintained that it has not decided on the issue yet.


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