Former BJP legislator Kanu Kalsaria has now become Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) face in Gujarat, especially for the upcoming assembly elections in 2017.
For AAP’s big plans in Gujarat, the home state of prime minister Narendra Modi, the 62-year-old Kalsaria will serve as a key campaigner in the state.
AAP has decided to contest 182 seats in the assembly elections.
With an eye on Assembly elections in Gujarat next year, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal will visit Gujarat on July 9 and pay obeisance at Somnath temple.
Anticipating how huge this election would be for AAP, the state unit of the party has already plastered hundreds of posters across Saurashtra welcoming Kejriwal.
AAP’s pamphlet in Somnath. HT
Other prominent face during this visit would be that of Kalsaria, who served as BJP MLA for three terms. Kalsaria, had decided to move away from BJP as they didn’t see eye-to-eye when it came to farmers’ issues in the state.
Kalsaria, is a environmental activist and went against “industry-friendly” Modi government when he opposed setting up of a cement factory on a wetland.
He even went on to win that battle for local farmers as plan for this factory was later shelved.
He then decided to switch party and went on to join AAP in 2014.