AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who is on a four-day tour of Gujarat, today took on Chief Minister Narendra Modi and targeted his pro-industry image saying he may be a 'vikashpurush' but only for industrialists.
A day after he was briefly detained and his car attacked during a tour in the state, Kejriwal today met farmers in Mundra tehsil where Adani Port and Special Economic zone (SEZ) are situated. "Modi is a vikaspurush (development man), but only for Adanis and Ambanis," Kejriwal said. He alleged that big industries, in a nexus with government, have started acquiring lands. "It seems that the entire land of Gujarat is on sale." "Through media, he (Modi) spreads a propaganda of development. But have you heard voices of content here? People are only talking about their agony," Kejriwal said.
The AAP leader alleged that industrialists have earned so much black money that they would flee to Switzerland any day. He visited various places in the Kutch district and Maliya town of Rajkot district on the second day of his tour to "inspect" the development claims of Modi government today. Other AAP leaders including Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh, Gopal Rai travelled to other parts of Gujarat separately. The AAP would be coming out with a comprehensive report on the status of development in Gujarat, party sources said.
Kejriwal met with protest from BJP members today too, however police, present in strength, thwarted possible clashes between the supporters of AAP and BJP. He met and interacted with Sikh farmers, fishermen, salt pan workers and also addressed AAP workers and villagers.
Manish Sisodia, who travelled to North Gujarat today, alleged that Gujarat police were "spying" on him. "Day 2 in Gujarat-state police is spying on me.
Troubling, questioning, threatening people I'm meeting since last evening in Gujarat," he tweeted.
Day2 in Gujrat-state police is syping on me.Troubling, questionung, threating peoole I'm meeting since last evening #AKinGujarat
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) March 6, 2014
While AAP leader Gopal Rai went to Saurashtra and Sanjay Singh visited Central Gujarat. "Some 25 of our workers have come to Gujarat to check the development (claims)," Kejriwal said.
On the first day of his visit Kejriwal was briefly detained by the police. Later his car was attacked, allegedly by BJP workers.
Kejriwal had yesterday accused Modi of trying to prevent his visit.
After he embarked on his tour to "verify" Modi's claims of providing water, power, education and health-care to people in Gujarat, the former Delhi Chief Minister was taken to Radhanpur police station in North Gujarat and allowed to leave after half an hour. Gujarat state AAP convenor Sukhdev Patel alleged that Kejriwal was detained, though the police denied it saying that they had only "briefed" Kejriwal on the model code of conduct which came into force yesterday.
The police today registered complaint against 40 to 50 unidentified persons, who attacked Kejriwal's car last evening.