Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him about the recent public meeting conducted by Delhi Chief Minister and AAP National Convener Arvind Kejriwal in the coastal state and its impact.
Parsekar, who was in Delhi to meet Modi told reporters in Goa on his return, “Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) asked me about (the) recent (Arvind) Kejriwal (public) meeting and if (it will have) any future impact…(and) I said…no.”
Kejriwal had kicked off his party’s campaign in Goa on 22 May, when he also announced that AAP will contest all the 40 seats in the state in 2017 assembly elections.
Kejriwal has always accused Modi of being ‘scared’ of his party. He reiterated this stand more recently when the issue of possible disqualification of his 21 MLAs hit media headlines.
This revelation by Parsekar will give AAP leader more boost to his confidence that his decision to challenge BJP in Goa, where the saffron party has government, has visibly left even the prime minister rattled.
Kejriwal was credited with stopping the juggernaut when he single-handedly annihilated the BJP in Delhi election last year when analysts felt nothing could go wrong with the prime minister.
Since then both leaders have been locked in bitter rivalry over the powers to govern the national capital.
(With inputs from PTI)