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Kejriwal's first Goa rally in Benaulim: 'It's everyone else vs AAP'

Nihar Gokhale | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:46 IST

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressed his first election rally in Goa on Saturday, 7 January.

Speaking at Benaulim, a Catholic-dominated constituency where the Aam Aadmi Party had organised its first rally in the state a year ago, Kejriwal said that Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and AAP's CM candidate Elvis Gomes represented the two sides of Goa politics.

A poster outside the rally venue in Benaulim. (Photo: Nihar Gokhale/Catch News)

Gomes, a former bureaucrat, has been charged by the state anti-corruption bureau over alleged irregularities in an earlier assignment with the Goa housing board.

"These charges are concocted. Parsekar is going after Elvis while corrupt Congress leaders are going scot free. I got a call last night saying that Elvis will be arrested before I land. I said that's fine, I will meet him in jail," Kejriwal told a rally of around 500 people - many wearing AAP caps.

Attendees at the rally wear Aam Aadmi Party caps. (Photo: Nihar Gokhale/Catch News)

Kejriwal is scheduled to address three other rallies in the state over the weekend. Benaulim is among the constituencies where the AAP is being considered favourite.

Here's a blow-by-blow account of how the rally progressed:

Edited by Shreyas Sharma

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First published: 7 January 2017, 9:18 IST
Nihar Gokhale @nihargokhale

Nihar is a reporter with Catch, writing about the environment, water, and other public policy matters. He wrote about stock markets for a business daily before pursuing an interdisciplinary Master's degree in environmental and ecological economics. He likes listening to classical, folk and jazz music and dreams of learning to play the saxophone.