Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal accused his Gujarat counterpart Anandiben Patel of getting his programme in Surat cancelled, as he kick-started AAP’s poll campaign for the 2017 state elections.
Kejriwal, who landed in Rajkot this morning with his family members, first paid a visit to famous Lord Shiva temple in Somnath before launching the campaign.
The AAP national convenor was accompanied by party leader Kumar Vishwas and his family.
“My original programme of Gujarat was of two days; we were to visit Somnath on Saturday, and on Sunday we had a meeting in Surat. But Anandibenji put undue pressure on people and businessmen in Surat and got our programme cancelled,” he told reporters.
“In democracy, everybody has the right to express their views. Ours is a democracy,” the AAP chief said.
During the tour, Kejriwal will also visit some villages of Junagadh, Gir-Somnath and Rajkot district to meet farmers to understand their problems.
Kejriwal’s scheduled visit to Surat on July 10 had to be cancelled after a trade body withdrew its invitation, which AAP alleged was at the behest of state government.