The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is set to contest next year’s Assembly polls in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal announced while addressing a huge rally in Surat on Sunday.

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“The Aam Aadmi will take on the Congress and the ruling BJP in Gujarat in the Assembly polls,” Mr. Kejriwal said, while accusing the BJP government of crushing democracy in Gujarat.

“The Patidars who were demanding reservation here were shot at and killed? Why were they killed and at whose behest were they shot? They were our citizens, not terrorists. The stories that I have heard from the families of those who were killed made me cry,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

“The politicians who ordered the firing on Patidar youth have to be punished and the people of Gujarat will punish them,” he said, stressing that the AAP supported the Patidar community’s main demand for reservation and quota.

Alleging that Gujarat was being run by BJP President Amit Shah, he appealed to the people to oust him.

Amit Shah has thrown an open challenge to the people of Gujarat that he will run the state whichever way he wants and no one can do anything about it – Kejriwal thundered.

In his 30-minute speech, Mr. Kejriwal’s main target was BJP president Amit Shah, who faced protests by Patidars two months ago during a social event in the city. “The next Assembly polls in Gujarat will see a ‘revolution’. Amit Shah is on one side and the aam aadmi, who is poor, struggles for survival on the other side. But when the aam aadmi stands up, the likes of Shah will lose power.”

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