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Kejriwal heads to Goa ahead of polls to launch AAP’s ‘liberation’ campaign

AAP leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will launch his party’s campaign to “liberate Goa from bad governments” on Monday evening with his second public meeting in the state in seven months, sources have said

india Updated: Jan 04, 2017 19:29 IST
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Delhi CM and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal addresses a party rally in Lucknow.
Delhi CM and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal addresses a party rally in Lucknow.(PTI File Photo)

AAP leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will launch his party’s campaign to “liberate Goa from bad governments” on Monday evening with his second public meeting in the state in seven months, sources have said.

The Aam Aadmi Party has promised to rid Goa of what it says are corrupt political regimes of the past, led either by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party or the Congress. The elections are likely to be held in February.

Kejriwal held his last public meeting in Goa in May.

The AAP chief’s visit to Goa and a public meeting in South Goa’s Cuncolim is loaded with the political symbolism because December 19 is also observed as Goa Liberation Day – when the state was liberated by the Indian armed forces from its colonial rulers, the Portuguese, 55 years ago.

Cuncolim is also AAP state convenor Elvis Gomes’ constituency. A career bureaucrat, Gomes recently resigned, alleging victimisation by the BJP government.

“He will also spell out the AAP’s roadmap for the state,” party leader Ashish Talwar, who has been camping there, said.

The Goa election – which is nationally viewed as a low-key affair – is suddenly beginning to get interesting this time with both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi having visited the state in the run-up to the election.

For both the Congress and the BJP, it has become a high-stakes fight.

The AAP is not only hoping to open its electoral tally in the state but considers itself a serious contender for forming the government there.

While the party has already declared 32 of the 40 candidates there, its volunteers and workers began moving from door to door to canvass for their party as early as September.