Ahead of Arvind Kejriwal’s latest Gujarat tour, posters attacking him sprang up in the cities he is visiting, some placing the Delhi chief minister alongside terrorists like Osama bin Laden, Hafiz Saeed and the Hizbul Mujahideen’s Burhan Wani.
“Heroes of Pakistan,” said the posters, hurriedly removed by Mr Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party.
Posters branding him “traitor” have been put up in north Gujarat’s Unjha, where he will today meet families of those killed during the Patel agitation in Gujarat. The posters that feature him along with the terrorists were put in about half a dozen places in Surat, where the AAP chief will address a rally on Sunday.
Arvind Kejriwal has blamed the ruling party BJP for the mischief.
Dismissing the allegations, state BJP spokesperson, Bharat Pandya said, “It was done not by the BJP but people who love India. It is a border state and people are hurt by the statement made by him…if you question the surgical strike by the Army the people of Gujarat will not tolerate it.”
AAP sources claim they have secured the support of Hardik Patel, the face of the massive agitation by the Patels or Patidars to demand reservation in government jobs and colleges. He has been ordered by court to remain out of Gujarat for six months after being granted bail in sedition cases in July this year, but his aides will reportedly be by Mr Kejriwal’s side.