Varanasi, March 25: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday took a dip in the holy Ganga and sought its blessings for what he called is his ‘mission’.
“We want India to be corruption free. We hope that we have the blessings of god to do what needs to be done,” said Kejriwal after taking the dip.
“I have prayed to give me strength to fight to save the country. It is sad to see Ganga so polluted. Several crores of rupees have been spent to clean the river. However, until corruption is not stopped, the work will be undone,” he added.
He also visited the Bhairon Mandir and sought blessings there.
The AAP chief, who arrived here this morning, is likely to hold a ‘referendum’ at a rally today seeking the people’s approval for his decision to challenge Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from this seat.
The former Delhi chief minister had earlier said that his immediate task is to hold the proposed rally in Varanasi and seek the people’s approval first, and then, finalize his stand on contesting against Modi.
“Let’s see what the people of Varanasi says, as of now we are preparing to ask them and seek their approval for the contest,” Kejriwal said.
Further, the AAP chief took a dig on Modi for the latter not being sure about his win from one constituency.
“Why is he (Modi) even thinking of contesting from two seats, an aspiring prime minister should have at least this minimum courage to contest only from one seat,” Kejriwal added.
Polling for the Varanasi seat will be held on May 12, four days before votes are counted, in the final round of the nine-phase elections that kick off on April 7.