New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will go on a two-day visit to Gujarat from Monday. They will reach Ahmedabad on Monday. On the first day of his tour, he will visit Sabarkantha district and address a gathering in Himmatnagar. On Tuesday, both will attend the Town Hall meeting in Bhavnagar.
Kejriwal tweeted, “On Monday, Manish ji and I will go to Gujarat for two days to guarantee education and health. Like Delhi, Gujarat will also have good schools, good hospitals and mohalla clinics. Everyone will get free good education and good treatment. People will get relief, we will also interact with the youth,” he said. The social media post comes a day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) searched Sisodia’s residence in Delhi and raided 30 other places in connection with alleged corruption in the implementation of Delhi’s Excise Policy 2021-22.
Amid controversy over the excise policy issue, AAP has demanded more police protection for the two leaders, fearing that they might be attacked during their Gujarat visit. For this, a delegation led by AAP Gujarat in-charge Gulab Singh and State Law Cell President Pranav Thakkar submitted a memorandum to the office of the Director General of Police (DGP) on Sunday. “It has been brought to our notice from certain sources and sources in the media that some anti-social elements inspired by the ideology of the ruling party are planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia,” the memorandum said.
He further said that, “The ruling government is unhappy with the increasing popularity of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its leaders in the state. If such an incident happens in the state, it will be a black spot on the image of the state. Therefore, to avert any untoward incident, the police should provide more security to Kejriwal and Sisodia during their visit to Gujarat.
After a massive victory in the Punjab Assembly elections earlier this year, AAP is trying to establish its foothold in other states including Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. AAP has released two lists of 19 candidates for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections.