Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal will meet families of the youths who were killed during the Patidar (Patel) quota agitation in Ahmedabad and Mehsana. Kejriwal is expected to visit the state next week.
The Assembly elections are scheduled to take place in the state next year. AAP is making efforts to make inroads in Gujarat. Apart from meeting the families, Kejriwal will also hold a rally in Surat on 16 October, according to a PTI report.
"Arvind Kejriwal will come to Gujarat on 15 October and will head for Mehsana where he will meet family members of youths who were martyred during Patidar quota agitation. He will also visit family members of deceased youths in Ahmedabad," Aam Aadmi Party's Delhi MLA and Gujarat in-charge Gulab Singh Yadav said today.
On 16 October, Kejriwal will hold a public rally at Yogi Chowk in Surat's Varachha area. Before the rally, Kejriwal will meet business leaders and people from various communities. Yadav alleged that BJP workers and Surat Municipal Corporation were tearing down the hoardings put up by AAP ahead of the rally.
"In the last two days our hoardings were torn by BJP supporters and the municipal corporation," Yadav said.
"BJP supporters are trying to spread a rumour that Kejriwal supports Pakistan. But people are not affected by this, they are looking forward to his visit. The kind of fear visible in BJP camp due to the planned rally shows that the party is somewhere apprehensive about defeat in the 2017 Assembly elections," he said.