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India's anti-corruption champion to contest against Narendra Modi

Published on Mar 25, 2014 10:05 PM
 
Indian head of the Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party Arvind Kejriwal (C) poses for a photograph as he visits the river Ganges in Varanasi on March 25, 2014. The leader of a fledgling Indian anti-corruption party announced plans to stand against election frontrunner and opposition leader Narendra Modi in the holy city of Varanasi at a public rally in the northern Indian city. --PHOTO: AFP PHOTO/STR Copyright: AFP

VARANASI, India (AFP) - The leader of a fledgling Indian anti-corruption party Tuesday announced plans to run against frontrunner and opposition leader Narendra Modi in the holy Hindu city of Varanasi in looming elections.

Arvind Kejriwal, head of the Aam Aadmi or Common Man Party, said he was ready to take on Mr Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in general elections that kick off in phases next month.

"I will contest elections from Varanasi. I am ready to accept the challenge and fight Modi from this holy turf," the 45-year-old said to loud cheers at a rally.

After his arrival in the city, Mr Kejriwal took a traditional dip in the sacred Ganges river before visiting a famous temple where priests smeared his forehead with sandalwood paste. His trip was marred briefly when opponents splattered him with ink as he toured the city in an open truck with close aides. Local media reports said eggs were also hurled.

 
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