AAP Stir was a Ploy to Counter Opposition: BJP - The New Indian Express

AAP Stir was a Ploy to Counter Opposition: BJP

Published: 22nd January 2014 08:34 AM

Last Updated: 22nd January 2014 08:34 AM

The BJP on Tuesday attacked Delhi  Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying that his now-cancelled sit-in was a Congress-AAP joint operation aimed at countering the Opposition party and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

“The dharna was a joint operation of the Congress and the AAP. The reasons may be different for the parties, but they are supporting each other. People have been asking why Kejriwal is not acting on the promise of taking action against corruption that took place under the Sheila Diskhit government. That is the AAP wants to divert the attention by organising a sit-in,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

“The AAP also wants to save the guilty and indicted Law Minister. Kejriwal even wants to divert attention from the FIR registered by police. That is why they were on the sit-in,” he added.

The BJP leader argued that as the Congress couldn’t take on the BJP and Modi on its own, the party was using Kejriwal as a “firewall”.

“There is proof. Protesting BJP leaders were arrested, while we came to know from the PMO that there was no bar on the sit-in. Different standards on the same day and in the same city. How can they discriminate between two protests?” he said.

The BJP held protests against Kejriwal, while two of its leaders filed a petition before the High Court, seeking his disqualification as an MLA for spending more than the prescribed limit on the election.

The party also condemned the AAP’s views on Republic Day. “Republic Day is considered an important event for the country. But Kejriwal is disrespecting the day as the AAP doesn’t believe in the constitution. Naxals question the constitution in the jungle. He (Kejriwal) is doing the same thing. Even their views on Naxals and Kashmir are against the dominant view in the country,” Javadekar added.

The BJP held a three-day national meet, in which Modi unveiled “his idea of India”, to send out a strong message to the electorate ahead of the LS elections, but learnt that the new party had hogged most of the media space.

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