Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during the roadshow in Delhi. (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday took blessings of his parents before holding a roadshow in the national capital. At the end of the roadshow, he will file nominations from New Delhi Assembly seat at the sub-divisional magistrate in Jamnagar. Kejriwal’s day started with his mother applying ‘Vijay Tilak’ on his forehead. He later sought blessings of Bhagwan Valmiki at the historic Valmiki Mandir in Connaught Place.
"Many halts of the Aam Aadmi Party started from the historic Valmiki temple in New Delhi. It was from here in 2013 that we took a 'broom' for the first time to clear politics. Today, once again taking the blessings of Lord Valmiki, I will go to fill my nomination," Kejriwal had tweeted in Hindi.
Scores of supporters walked in the rally holding brooms as he waved to them and flashed the victory sign amid chants of "acchhe beete panch saal, lage raho Kejriwal" (5 years went well, go on Kejriwal).
He was accompanied by his family. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and AAP leader Sanjay Singh also joined him.
Ahead of filing his nominations, Kejriwal released ‘Guarantee Card' and promised 24-hour pure piped drinking water to each house in the next five years and free public travel for students along with continuing the ongoing subsidy on electricity ad water. He also assured parents that as long as his "honest government" is in power in the national capital, no private school will be allowed to arbitrarily increase fees.
The card, "10 guarantees of Kejriwal", also promises to continue the scheme for free electricity up to 200 units, free health facilities, to plant two crore saplings, clean the Yamuna river and reduce pollution in Delhi over the next five years.
The AAP is the only party which has announced the name of candidates for all the seats. Interestingly, neither Congress nor BJP has declared its candidate against Kejriwal who is contesting from the New Delhi Assembly constituency. Polling for the 70-member Delhi Assembly will be held on February 8. The scrutiny will be held on January 22 while withdrawals of candidature will be allowed till January 24.