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A day after launching AAP's poll campaign in Gujarat, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today attacked the BJP government in the state for use of force during the Patel agitation, terming it as a party full of "greedy people" for which it will not spare even its own.
In a scathing Facebook post, Kejriwal said, contrary to its claim, BJP was not a champion of Hindus, referring to the death of Patidar youth during last year's agitation and the recent assault on Dalits in Una.
"BJP says it is a party of the Hindus. But it fired on Patel boys last year. Those boys were Hindus. If BJP is a party of the Hindus so why did it kill Hindu boys? Few months ago, in Una district, BJP got Dalit youth beaten up.
"The truth is that BJP is not a party of the hindus. BJP is a party full of people greedy of money and power for which it will not spare even its own," Kejriwal said.
Addressing the AAP's first rally in Gujarat yesterday, the AAP chief attacked BJP president Amit Shah, equating him with "General Dyer" and tried wooing the Patidar community by calling Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel a "patriot".
"I want to ask, what is the fault of Hardik Patel? Why sedition charge was slapped against him? I would like to say that there is no bigger patriot than Hardik Patel and there is no bigger traitor than General Dyer," Kejriwal had said, referring to Shah.
Gujarat goes to polls next year.
Kejriwal, a bitter critic of Modi, accused the latter of helping political parties -- the "biggest hoarders of black money" -- to convert it into "white" at a time when common people have been forced to queue up outside banks and ATMs to withdraw their hard-earned money. "Ye desh ke sath dhokha hai (it is a big fraud played on the country)," Kejriwal said. Stating it was "surprising" that the tax exemption decision came after Gandhi led a Congress delegation to meet Modi, Kejriwal demanded that the Congress Vice President make public details of Modi's corruption as he claimed to have supporting documents. "He is not sharing details of Modi's corruption, is only talking about it... Then he meets the PM and seals a deal.
I will insist Gandhi to make public the evidences and that he stops entering into deals with Modi. Or else, the country will not forgive him," Kejriwal said. Hitting out at the Prime Minister, Kejriwal alleged Modi's intentions were "bad" right from the day he announced demonetisation on November 8. Meanwhile, Kejriwal also denounced the decision to hike petrol and diesel prices, which he saw as a repercussion of demonetisation and sought its immediate reversal. "We oppose the hike in fuel prices. This is direct result of demonetisation. The rupee has become weak in international market post-demonetisation, leading to hike in the fuel prices. This should be rolled back immediately," he said. To a question, the chief minister said the AAP is "not affected" by demonetisation. He reiterated demonetisation is an "unconstitutional" move and likened it to dacoity by the Prime Minister on bank accounts of people as they are not being allowed to withdraw their hard-earned money. Referring to a case pending before the Supreme Court with regard to demonetisation, Kejriwal hoped it takes cognisance of concerns and declares the move as "unconstitutional".