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Poster war breaks out ahead of Kejriwal’s visit, is BJP frustrated by AAP’s rise?

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There are still four days for the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s visit and a poster war has broken out in the city. On one hand Aam Admi Party (AAP) workers are blaming BJP for maligning image of their party supremo by putting up posters that reflect him in bad light.

Arvind Kejriwal’s visit comes as part of AAP’s preparations for Assembly polls in Gujarat, the home state of PM Narendra Modi, due next year.

As per the schedule of Kejriwal’s visit released by AAP’s Gujarat unit, he would spend four days in the state, starting October 14.

The posters featured warnings about AAP and Arvind Kejriwal. The posters also featured Kerjiwal’s former aide Anna Hazare, who shot to fame for his fast-unto-death during the India Against Corruption campaign.

Hazare has however, recently taken to criticising Arvind Kejriwal for his policies and statements against the PM. The group or the individuals who put up the posters have not been identified yet.

However, it is likely that the posters have been put up by members of the Patidar community, who are opposed to accepting AAP and Kejriwal. This cannot be good for AAP, which has announced that it will field candidates, in all 182 constituencies of the state.

Claiming the AAP was changing the political discourse in Gujarat, Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra said the people in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state wanted an alternative and the AAP was filling that space.

“We are providing them clean and issue-based politics. This is the reason people in Gujarat are connecting with us,” the AAP leader said.

Mishra said the AAP was determined to fight the assembly elections next year on local issues and not let the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hijack the election agenda.

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