Arvind Kejriwal kicks off campaign taking on Mukesh Ambani, media, says all bought

Feb 28 2014, 09:37 IST
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SummaryRohtak rally: Makes it clear Haryana next battleground, party urges him to join PM race

In his first public rally after resigning as Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal set the Aam Aadmi Party’s pitch for the coming Lok Sabha as well as Haryana Assembly elections. Launching AAP’s nationwide campaign for the general elections on Sunday, he went after not just the Congress and BJP but also Reliance, its owner Mukesh Ambani and the media.

Wasting no time targeting Ambani, the AAP national convenor said five minutes into his speech at the HUDA ground in Rohtak that the Reliance owner funded the campaigns of the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as well as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Kejriwal went on to read out numbers of what he called were two Swiss bank accounts belonging to Mukesh and Anil Ambani.

“Mukesh Ambani runs this country,” Kejriwal told an approximately 10,000-strong crowd. “A few years ago, Mukesh Ambani had said that the Congress was his shop... Be it Rahul Gandhi’s government or Sonia Gandhi’s government or Narendra Modi’s government, Mukesh Ambani will rule the country.”

Waving a photograph, Kejriwal said, “I have a photo of Modiji with Adani’s helicopter. Modiji says he was a tea-seller. How can a tea-seller have so many helicopters? Up to Rs 50 crore are spent on his rallies. Who funds them?”

Linking it to gas prices, Kejriwal added, “If Mukesh Ambani is giving you a helicopter, he will ask ask for $12 and not $8 per unit when you come to power.”

Reading out two numbers, the former CM said: “Modiji, I give you the Swiss bank account numbers of Mukesh and Anil Ambani... Modiji should tell us if he will get the country’s money back from these accounts.”

Slipping into a Haryanvi accent, Kejriwal underlined his association with the state. “I was born in Bhiwani and studied in Hisar.” With Rohtak a stronghold of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, AAP leaders made it clear that the coming Haryana Assembly elections would be one of their focus areas, passing a “resolution of no-confidence” against the state Congress government.

“You have to field candidates for all the 10 Lok Sabha seats (in the state). For Vidhan Sabha, you have to contest all the 90 seats,” Kejriwal told the audience.

Criticising Hooda, he said, “Every person in Haryana says he is not known as a chief minister but a property dealer. He has taken away people’s land and sold it to Ambani, DLF, Robert Vadra.”

Kejriwal also urged AAP national executive member

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