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Little support for Arvind Kejriwal in Gujarat

Monday, 12 November 2012 - 12:10pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: dna

Some individuals with questionable credibility in the previous team have tarnished the image of IAC.

While India Against Corruption (IAC) has set the ball rolling across the country to spread its political inclinations and is also likely to officially launch its political party soon, sadly, its leadership finds scant support in Gujarat, sources said.

Arvind Kejriwal is hogging the limelight following his exposé on fraudulent land deals between real estate major DLF and Robert Vadra as well as BJP president Nitin Gadkari’s alleged involvement in a land scam. However, when it comes to wooing Gujaratis, the truth-seeker finds the going tough.

In last one month, IAC had attempted two public meetings in the state, which is going to polls in December but the attendance it registered was very sparse. “In Rajkot we could assemble only 40 people, while in Vadodara only 150 people attended the sabha. It shows we are losing grounds here,” convenor of these two meetings said.

“At the moment process for formal registration of our political party and other things are going on. We are not in a position to contest elections. But it is also true that we are getting tepid response in Gujarat,” a senior member of IAC said to DNA.

It should be note that Arvind Kejrival is likely to visit Gujarat in the first week of December. “We are planning his visit. He may address couple of public meetings also in Gujarat,” source said.

“After overwhelming response Anna Hazare’s Lokpal movement, we are not getting good crowd, supporters and feedback from the ground level. It is not the case that there is no corruption in the state, but our movement has lost its direction here,” he added.

Meanwhile, the real reason behind the lukewarm response to IAC could be that it had many leaders themselves have dubious backgrounds. “While Lokpal movement was at its height we had certain people in IAC which themselves were involved in corruption and scam. We had to oust them and now our image has been tarnished,” a senior member of Kejriwal’s team said.
However, IAC is trying to revive its movement in the state. “We are planning awareness campaign which will involve public rallies, meetings and other things. We are also going to support some independent candidate with credible background. Arvind Kejriwal will also visit Gujarat before it goes for polls,” sources added.

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