The race to Gujarat Assembly elections seems to be warming up. While the AAP recently released its first list of 10 candidates, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, took a swipe at the BJP before starting his two-day visit in Gujarat, beginning Saturday.
“It seems the BJP is horrified by the Aam Aadmi Party’s rapid growth in Gujarat. Maybe, it will have to declare Union Home Minister Amit Shah as its chief ministerial candidate in the Assembly polls in the state,” stated Kejriwal, indicating that AAP’s rapid presence in the state is rattling the BJP.
In a cryptic tweet, the national convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also wondered if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not happy with the work of state CM Bhupendrabhai Patel. “Is the BJP angry with Bhupendrabhai Patel’s work? Is it true that the BJP is going to declare Amit Shah ji as the chief ministerial face in the Gujarat Assembly polls?” was Kejriwal’s poser in Hindi.
Riding high on its stupendous victory in the Punjab Assembly polls earlier this year, the AAP has launched a membership drive in various states to expand its footprint. The party is gearing up to contest all the seats in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, stated to be held later in the year, projecting itself as an alternative to the BJP and the Congress.
On Saturday afternoon, Kejriwal held a town hall meeting with traders and shopkeepers of Jamnagar city to discuss their issues. He made five promises and assured five guarantees to Gujarat’s businessmen. “We will make businessmen partners of government and end fear among the community,” he put forward his stakes. Added, he pointed out how the Gujarat government has a debt of three-and-a-half lakh crores, but the Delhi government has no debt of any kind.
On Sunday, the AAP chief is expected to address a public rally in Bodeli town in tribal-dominated Chhotaudepur district. “He will also announce another guarantee for the people of the state, which the party will implement after coming to power,” briefed a press release informed, though it did not give details of what this guarantee would be.
During his earlier visits, Kejriwal had announced what his party claimed were guarantees like free power till 300 units as well as monthly unemployment allowance for the state’s youth.
To list, the five promises AAP’s leader made to Gujarat’s traders and businessmen:
1. Completely eliminate fear among the business world, we will create an environment to do business with courage and peace.
2. We will give every businessman the respect he deserves.
3. We will stop the Raid Raj, we will ensure freedom from corruption, which only an honest party like the Aam Aadmi Party can do in the whole country.
4. VAT and other pending refunds will be paid within 6 months and GST will be simplified.
5. A system will be implemented in which participation will be given to the businessmen, a representative will be made from each area who will present every problem and suggestion of the businessmen to the government and the government will implement the system accordingly.”