"I Visit Temples As...": Arvind Kejriwal Counters "Soft Hindutva" Charge

Arvind Kejriwal, also the national convener of AAP, is on a two-day visit to Goa

'I Visit Temples As...': Arvind Kejriwal Counters 'Soft Hindutva' Charge

Arvind Kejriwal claimed that Goa CM Pramod Sawant was copying his party


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said he visits temples because he is a Hindu and no one should have objections to it.

The Aam Aadmi Party national convener, who arrived here on a two-day visit, was replying to a query on whether he was indulging in "soft Hindutva" by visiting temples.

"Do you go to the temple? I also go to the temple. There is nothing wrong in going to the temple. You feel peaceful when you visit it. What is their (those alleging soft Hindutva) objection? Why should there be any objection? I am going to a temple because I am a Hindu. My wife visits the Gaurishankar temple," Mr Kejriwal said.

Asked about Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant's statement that the AAP was copying the coastal state's schemes like sponsoring pilgrimages, Mr Kejriwal claimed that it was Mr Sawant who was actually copying his party.

"I want to say Pramod Sawant is copying us. When I said we will give electricity free, he gave water free. When I said we will provide employment allowance, he announced about 10,000 jobs, and when I spoke about pilgrimages, he announced his scheme," Mr Kejriwal said.

The Delhi chief minister, during his visit, met members of the Bhandari community, and also inducted labour unionist and mining stir leader Puti Gaonkar into the party.

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