Arvind Kejriwal kick started AAP’s campaign for 2017 Gujarat Assembly polls. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made direct attacks on BJP president Amit Shah, comparing him with General Dyer. Meanwhile, Kejriwal tried to woo Patidar community by calling Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel as a patriot.
Kejriwal once again targeted the BJP for violent clashes between the members of Patel community and police last year. “Who gave the firing orders on Patidar quota agitators on August 26 (2015)? They were citizens of India and not terrorists. 14 youths died in the police firing. Everybody knows who gave the orders…it was Amit Shah,” said Kejriwal.
“You know who is running the state. It is Amit Shah. First Anandiben Patel was the Chief Minister, now, its Vijay Rupani, who is just a rubber stamp of Amit Shah,” Kejriwal added.
“I want to ask, what is the fault of Hardik Patel? Why sedition charge was slapped against him? I would like to say that there is no bigger patriot than Hardik Patel and there is no bigger traitor than General Dyer,” CM Kejriwal said.
Hardik-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) had many times referred to Amit Shah as “General Dyer”, holding him responsible for the police firing on protesting Patel quota agitators. General Reginald Edward Harry Dyer was a British Indian Army officer responsible for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar.
Kejriwal even said that Several youths of Patidar community were framed falsely and are still doing the rounds of court. Kejriwal even promised to take actions against those involved in ordering firing on Patel youths.