Kanu Kalsariya joins AAP

Kanu KalsariyaKanu Kalsariya at a Aam Aadmi Party meeting in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. (IE photo:Javed Raja)

Former BJP MLA from Mahuva Dr Kanu Kalsariya, who spearheaded the public agitation against proposed cement plant of Nirma in Bhavnagar district, joined the Aam Admi Party (AAP) here on Wednesday, with a call to people to strengthen the new party to bring in a third political option in the country.

At a function on the roadside near Subhash Bridge Circle, Kalsariya completed formalities to be a member of the AAP by paying the membership fees of Rs 10. While addressing the small gathering, Kalsariya said, "For me, today — a new year day — a golden sun has arrived."

A general surgeon from Bhavnagar, Kalsariya has been the face of farmers' agitation in Gujarat who also caused a lot of embarrassment to the Narendra Modi-led Gujarat Government through his pro-farmer agitations across the state.

During his address, Kalsariya admitted that he was about to join the Congress party before this. "But, God saves people who follow the path of truth. And he saved me too. And after witnessing overwhelming response to AAP in Delhi Assembly elections, I decided to join the party after consulting my supporters and well-wishers."

Kalsariya further said that he was disappointed by both Congress and BJP, but there was no other political option available. "The Delhi elections have proved that we can bring in a third political option of clean and corruption-free politics. And when AAP has got so much response from public, it was necessary for (like minded) people to strengthen it, to nurture it across the country. And therefore, I have joined the party," Kalsariya said.

He also said that he had been in contact with Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister, in past also and had always admired his views. When asked if he would fight Lok Sabha election against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Kalsariya said, "That is an imaginative situation. I have joined the AAP and will do anything that the party asks me to do."

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