India's anti-corruption champion to contest against Narendra Modi
Published on Mar 25, 2014 10:05 PM
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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