Arvind Kejriwal to launch protest rallies in UP cities including Varanasi against demonetisation


With rallies in Meerut, Lucknow and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home turf Varanasi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is set to intensify his fight against demonetisation, supporting which, he today said was “anti-national”.

The Delhi Chief Minister and AAP National Convener also plans to hold similar public meetings in poll bound Punjab and many other parts of the country.

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In Uttar Pradesh, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief will address the rallies in Meerut, Varanasi and Lucknow on December 1, 8 and 18 respectively, party spokesperson Deepak Bajpai said.

Kejriwal, who had given a three-day ultimatum to the Centre to roll back demonetisation yesterday, told NDTV that he will decide his next course of action after consulting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“It is anti-national to support demonetisation in the present form, which is the biggest scam, worth Rs 8 lakh crore, in independent India’s history,” Kejriwal said.

He will also be live on social media site Facebook at 7 PM tomorrow, to “apprise” the people on the “currency crisis” and will also “produce documents against the Prime Minister”.

Between November 20 and November 30, he will address 21 rallies in Punjab, starting from Sukhbir Singh Badal’s constituency Jalalabad.

AAP is locked in a triangular contest with the Congress and incumbent BJP-SAD alliance in the state which goes to polls early next year.

“Although the exact number of public meetings are yet to be ascertained, about 90 such meetings are being planned across the country where he will garner support against demonetisation of high value currency,” party sources said.

Kejriwal had pitted himself against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi, which he had lost by over 3 lakh votes.

Asked about BJP’s criticism that he was siding with “scam-tainted” Trinamool Congress, Kejriwal said he would like the Centre to probe everyone including “myself and Mamata Banerjee”, but “who is stopping it from doing so despite having all the agencies at its disposal.”

Earlier, Kejriwal tweeted that the decision taken by a government that has “lost connect” with people smacked of “insensitivity”.

“I am very sad that FM has plainly refused to even review and consider rollback. Modi govt has lost connect wid people n has become very insensitive,” Kejriwal tweeted.


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