In his characteristic style, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal tried to strike a chord with the people of Varanasi on Wednesday. "I am a fakir," he told them repeatedly.
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal addresses supporters as he heads to the district collectors office to file his nomination papers in Varanasi. (HT photo/Arun Sharma)
"I have only Rs. 500 in my pocket," he added.
But the affidavit filed by Kejriwal presents an altogether different picture. According to it, he has Rs. 4,25,085 in his SBI account. And his wife Sunita has total movable assets worth Rs. 17,41,583.
Kejriwal also has immovable assets to the tune of Rs. 92 lakh. While his wife has immovable assets worth Rs. 1 crore.
"Having considerable movable and immovable assets is no big thing for a person having a B. Tech degree from IIT Kharagpur and who was also an IRS official. Arvind Kejriwal's wife is also a government official. But this man is just simply trying to fool people of Kashi by building his image of a fakir," said Dr Vishwanath Pandey, former BHU official.
AAP Leader Arvind Kejriwal on his way to filing his nomination for Lok Sabha elections in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. (HT Photo by Arvind Yadav)