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AAP leaders Arvind Kejriwal, Bhagwant Mann visit Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Ahmedabad: After their stupendous win in Punjab, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) seems to have trained its sights on Gujarat, where Assembly elections will be held at the end of this year. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann on Saturday visited the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad as part of their two-day visit to the city. Both the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders arrived in the city on Friday night.

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Their visit to the BJP-ruled Gujarat is being seen as an attempt to prepare the groundwork for their party ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections. Kejriwal and Mann took a tour of Hriday Kunj, the place where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay in the Sabarmati Ashram premises, and also visited museums there and bowed down before the statue of Gandhiji. The two leaders also spun the Charkha at the Ashram.

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders and Delhi and Punjab Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann will take part in a roadshow on Saturday.

The event is part of the duo’s two-day visit to the state, which is likely to witness Assembly polls in December.

“The two-kilometre roadshow, which we are calling Tiranga Yatra, will cover Nikol and Bapunagar area of Ahmedabad city. Nearly 50,000 people, including all key party leaders from across the state, will take part,” Gujarat AAP general secretary Manoj Sorathiya said on Friday.

Against the backdrop of vandalism amid a protest outside Kejriwal’s Delhi residence some days ago, the AAP unit here asked city police commissioner Sanjay Srivastava to take extra measures for the safety and security of the two leaders.

“Some miscreants recently attacked Kejriwal’s residence in Delhi. We fear some people may attack our leaders here too. So, we have sent a letter to the police commissioner to take extra precaution and ensure the safety of our leaders here,” Sorathiya told reporters.

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On Sunday, they will visit Swaminarayan Temple in Shahibaug area before going back to Delhi in the evening, said Sorathiya.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday (April 1) said his government will create a model school in the southern state on the lines of Delhi and invited Arvind Kejriwal to visit it. Stalin along with his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal visited Rajkiya Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in Vinod Nagar where officials briefed the Tamil Nadu chief minister on the change in the education system in the city under the AAP government.

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