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Kejriwal slams Modi, urges AAP workers to maintain peace

Mahesh Langa, Hindustan Times  Ahmedabad, March 05, 2014
First Published: 20:09 IST(5/3/2014) | Last Updated: 15:47 IST(6/3/2014)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal, who was briefly "detained by the Gujarat police" at Radhanpur in north Gujarat, slammed the BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi calling him "anti-common man and anti-farmers" working only for the benefits of "Adanis and Ambanis."

"There is no development in Gujarat except the development of Adanis and Ambanis," Kejriwal claimed while talking to the reporters after he and his supporters were released by the police.

The police claimed that the AAP leaders were not "detained" but were brought to the police station to check whether they had permission to hold road show in Radhanpur.

Kejriwal also claimed that Modi and BJP had even planted a few people to wave black flags at the AAP leaders, who are on a four day visit to verify the claims of development in the state.

Speaking to reporters after the incident, the AAP leader said, "BJP workers attacked me from inside their office, I have been injured. They even hurt our women workers."

Read: Kejriwal, supporters detained briefly in north Gujarat

Watch video: AAP, BJP scuffle over Kejriwal's detention

Clashes broke out between workers of the Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party in half-a-dozen towns across the country hours after AAP chief was briefly detained by police.

BJP supporters clash with AAP supporters outside the BJP office in Lucknow. (PTI photo)

After the reports of clashes, Kejriwal on Wednesday evening accused the BJP of instigating violence in front of its headquarters in Delhi even as he apologised for some AAP activists "retaliating" while protesting his detention.

Kejriwal claimed that AAP workers were first attacked by BJP supporters. Some of the agitated AAP workers had responded by pelting "two or three stones", he told reporters in Bhuj.

Read: Kejriwal's brief detention in Gujarat sparks AAP, BJP clashes

"I am sorry for the mistakes committed by the AAP workers. They should not have resorted to violence on my detention," he said.

He also blamed BJP workers for attacking his entourage while travelling in Gujarat and said the glass panes of his car were broken.

He appealed to his volunteers to stay calm and not resort to any kind of violence.

After arriving in the morning in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, APP leaders visited Bahucharaji where a section of farmers are opposing the land acquisition for Special Investment Region (SIR) being set up by the Gujarat government.

More than 300 farmers who had gathered at the venue apprised the AAP leaders about lack of educational, drinking water and medical facilities in the rural areas in the state.

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Meanwhile, Kejriwal, accompanied by Manish Sisodia and local AAP leaders, will on Thursday visit Mundra in Kutch where Gujarat-based leading industrial conglomerate Adani group has set up a huge port, SEZ and a power plant where some farmers and fishermen have been fighting to protect their livelihood sources.

In Mundra, Kejriwal, the 45-year-old leader who has emerged as anti-corruption hero, is expected to raise the issue of alleged proximity of Modi and Adani to corner the BJP's prime ministerial nominee. Earlier, Kejriwal had raised the issue of gas price hike and nexus between the Congress party and Ambani.

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