tral Environment and Forests Department cancelling the nod for the plant. The disgruntled leader, who is fielding five candidates in the Gujarat polls, is being seen as a potential core committee member of the
“That’s what he wants, too. Kalsaria has been meeting Kejriwal regularly, expressing his willingness to join the But to become a member, a non-tainted record for any or Congress defector is a must,” adds the insider. The is also throwing its weight behind defected leader and two-time chief minister Keshubhai Patel, who holds sway on the Patel community that comprises 15 percent of Gujarat’s population. Patel’s Gujarat Parivartan Party is contesting all the 182 Assembly seats.
Sources say Gujarat unit head and core committee member Dinesh Vaghela is projecting victory in at least five seats and that Kejriwal may soon visit the state.
However, all hopes rest on Kalsaria. When the campaigning against the Nirma Industries was at its peak, Kalsaria had formed the Sadbhavna Manch and fielded candidates in local bodies’ polls. The Manch won two seats in the district panchayats of Bhavnagar and nine in taluka panchayats. This time, Kalsaria is planning to fight the coastal seats of Mahuva, Talaja, Rajula, Gariadhar and Savarkundla.
Before Anna Hazare dissolved Team Anna on 6 August, an insider had given TEHELKA a peek into Kejriwal’s political ambitions and preparations for the Himachal polls. The had started a portal with the purpose of sensitising the youth about corruption. But the portal was later pulled down. The had sied through files and press notes in the state information department’s websites and posted them online, with names of politicians involved in or accused of corruption. All this was aimed at raising cadres.
“We had uploaded all the information on this site. It was a virtual interface for the Himachali people,” says the insider, adding, “But Kiran Bedi was opposed to anything that would harm the While Anna was okay with Kejriwal’s political ambitions, and had even identified candidates for both Himachal and Gujarat polls, Bedi was successful in stopping Anna from doing that.”
The members had also visited Himachal in April to form anti-corruption teams in all districts to assess the properties of all politicians through but the plan was dropped aer Hazare dissolved the team. Sources say the
is using Bhushan’s clout to re-enter the political space where many former bureaucrats and professors are contesting the polls this time around.
backed candidates may not claim the majority, but given the corruption charges against major parties, their sting might just make the heaving elephant flounder.
Rebel BJP MLA Kanu Kalsaria holds the key for the IAC in the Gujarat elections