Claiming that its leader Arvind Kejriwal will defeat BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has planned a ‘thank you’ event on Friday.
Kejriwal will be leaving for Varanasi on Friday morning.
The AAP leader, who had defeated three-term chief minister Sheila Dikshit in Delhi during 2013 assembly polls, had taken on Modi with a ‘communalism is a bigger threat than corruption’ plank.
“If Kejriwal wins, it will be a procession from the Returning Officer’s office — from where Kejriwal will collect his winning certificate — to the Durga Kund area, where he will address and thank the supporters,” party sources said.
In case of a defeat, it will just be an address to the supporters, sources added.
Varanasi had seen an unprecedented 55.63 % voting compared with 42.61% in 2009.
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When Kejriwal returned to Delhi after voting on May 12 in the temple city, he had left behind a small team in Varanasi. These team members and local volunteers are organising the victory procession.
One of the AAP team members in Varanasi told HT, “As such there is a ban on all road shows or processions. But if Kejriwal wins – and we are sure of it .”
After campaigning for various candidates across several states, Kejriwal and scores of AAP volunteers and party leaders had shifted base to Varanasi for a sustained campaign.