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AAP challenges Narendra Modi for an open debate in Varanasi

Friday, 9 May 2014 - 6:25am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

Daring the BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi for an open public debate at a time and place of his choice on concerns regarding people of Varanasi, AAP's Arvind Kejriwal took potshots at Modi for not performing 'Ganga Arti' even after getting permission from the Election Commission for the same.

"I invite Mr (Narendra) Modi for an open discussion on a public platform. Let Kashi people ask straight questions from both of us. Time place his choice," tweeted Kejriwal.

AAP said this people could directly ask questions to both Kejriwal and Modi about their agenda and vision.

He also took a dig at Modi stating that he is unnecessarily politicising the issue of doing Aarti.

"I went alone one day and performed aarti. No one stopped me. I will again go with my wife and perform the Aarti. Neeyat saaf honi chahiye (One's intentions should be pure). Modiji (was) given permission of Ganga Aarti. Yet rather than performing Aarti, he is trying to draw political mileage," said Kejriwal.

The AAP leader said for prayers one doesn't require permission from EC but for political activity permission is definitely required.

The party accused BJP of unnecessarily politicising this issue to create a needless controversy. "It appears BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Amit Shah deliberately attempted to mislead the media and the people of Varanasi on the issue of Ganga Aarti," said AAP in a statement.

AAP also accused Modi, Gujarat government and BJP, of avoiding any public debate so far on issues raised by Kejriwal and the party.

"Whether it be the falsehoods about the so-called faulty development model of Gujarat or the issues concerning the people of Varanasi, Mr Modi and his party have been running away from any debate or discussion, since they are afraid of being exposed," said the Aam Aadmi Party.

AAP also took on BJP leaders for sitting on dharna for EC not giving permission for their rally.

"It was amusing to see BJP leaders sit on one of the shortest dharnas after they found there was no merit in any of their arguments. The BJP, which has consistently tried to ridicule the AAP for resorting to public mobilisations and public actions like peaceful dharnas and protests, seem to have had a belated realisation that for a healthy democracy, such actions are a necessity," AAP added.

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