Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to address rally in Panaji on Tuesday

The permission for the rally was only granted by the BJP-led government on Monday, a day before the rally.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to address rally in Panaji on Tuesday

PTI

Delhi Chief Minister and national convener of Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal will be in Panaji on Tuesday to address his first public rally, ahead of the state assembly elections.

Kejriwal, who is on a two-day visit in the poll-bound state, will address his supporters in a public meeting at Bandodkar football ground, Campal, Panaji at 4PM.

His visit comes against the backdrop of AAP’s Goa desk in-charge Atishi Marlena accusing the BJP-led government of deliberately delaying granting permission for AAP's rally on Tuesday.

“Delhi AAP national Convenor and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will address a rally in Goa on 21st December. AAP’s Goa unit applied for permission for the same five days ago. However, the file is pending in Pramod Sawant’s office. Goa CM Pramod Sawant is so scared of Kejriwal that he won’t allow him to address rallies in Goa?” Atishi said in a tweet on Saturday.

The permission for the rally was only granted on Monday, a day before the rally.

While addressing the Goa political scene, Atishi said that AAP is emerging as an alternative to the ruling BJP because of Delhi’s governance model and Kejriwal’s guarantees.

There is an atmosphere of tension between BJP and AAP after two BJP leaders, Alina Saldanha and Ramrao Wagh, quit the ruling party to join AAP. Alina Saldanha, former environment and forest minister and MLA from Cortalim in South Goa, joined AAP stating that that " it (BJP) seems to have forgotten all its principles."

Wagh, who contested on BJP ticket during 2017 assembly elections from St Andre constituency, joined the party on Monday in the presence of AAP Goa desk in-charge Marlena.

Wagh criticised the incumbent legislator of St Andre, Francis Silveira, for taking the power away from local governing bodies. "Currently, local governing bodies in St. Andre have no power. All decisions are taken by the current legislator. Local officials who were working hard have been transferred to other places," he said.

Wagh also shined light on his brother and former MLA Vishnu Wagh's work in St Andre. "St Andre constituency needs to be fearless. This fear was dispelled by my brother Vishnu Wagh when he was an MLA and hence many development works were completed. Unfortunately, the fear is once again prevalent among people here," he said.

Marlena also accused BJP of using Vishnu Wagh to attract the Bhandari Samaj. "It was because of Vishnu Wagh, the Bhandari Samaj supported the BJP in the 2012 elections. However, the BJP government only used them for their political gains and never did anything for the community," she said.

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