AAP launches yatra to nail Modi’s ‘lies’

The Aam Adami Party (AAP) marked India’s 65th Republic Day on Sunday by launching a five-day ‘jhadu yatra’ (broom march) in vehicles across Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Gujarat to connect to voters and highlight the ‘anti-people and pro-corporate stand’ of the Narendra Modi government.

By Mahesh Trivedi

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Published: Wed 29 Jan 2014, 12:17 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 12:55 AM

Besides the procession in Ahmedabad which was flagged off by TV journalist-turned-politician Ashutosh, the yatra is being taken out in all the 32 other district headquarters in the state.

The 33 rallies will culminate in a public meeting near the imposing Mahatma Mandir in the state capital of Gandhinagar on January 30, the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

“Gandhiji was shot on that very day (January 30), but now the AAP will expose how Gandhiji is killed in Gujarat everyday,” the party’s Gujarat media coordinator Harshil Nayak told Khaleej Times.

No single national or state leader is leading the rallies in the state but AAP workers will collect grievances of the people as they pass through all the 26 Lok Sabha constituencies on their way to Gandhinagar. Thereafter a file will be prepared to decide on the next course of action on the woes of the people.

Speaking before the yatra kicked off in Ahmedabad, Ashutosh said that the Gujarat development model was nothing but fooling people in the name of development as people had been denied basic amenities like roads, drainage, water, sanitation, healthcare and education even in Ahmedabad.

He said he had witnessed the hollowness of Modi’s false claims of development, and revealed that the AAP agenda was to expose Modi’s false development propaganda.

“People are living in hell. If this is development, and such model of development is to be imposed upon the country, AAP refuses to accept this,” said Ashutosh and added that the AAP would put up the strongest possible candidate against Modi to prevent his entry into the Lok Sabha. “Now each individual would feel empowered and they will not depend on one person to run their state”, he said.

The AAP has enrolled 500,000 members in Gujarat and plans to field party candidates in all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state.


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