Sensing that the AAP has the potential to damage the party’s upward swing, the BJP is now working to “expose” at the earliest the party led by Arvind Kejriwal.
BJP leaders feel that the AAP has already pushed its star campaigner Narendra Modi off the TV screens. So, instead of letting the AAP’s free run continue till the 2014 polls, the BJP is gearing up to stop it.
The BJP’s intentions were apparent this week, when it went all out against the AAP over the remarks made by its leader Prashant Bhushan that the Kashimiris be allowed to decide if the Army should stay in civilian areas. BJP leaders were quick to term them “anti-national” and “position hostile to India’s interest”.
“People are still under the spell of the AAP. It is their honeymoon period. It may last well beyond the 2014 elections, jeopardising our interests. As the Congress has already given up and may well be reduced to a two-digit figure, the AAP could affect our chances. But we hope that the way they are continuing, they would get exposed soon,” a senior BJP leader said.
“Bhushan’s statement is likely to send a strong message to people, who thought positively about the AAP’s politics. Even some of our leaders, who were taken in by the AAP’s idealism, were shaken by the comment,” he added.
If the Congress was circumspect on Bhushan’s comment, saying he should desist from such comments, the BJP was harsher.
Meanwhile, the BJP distanced itself from the attack on the AAP office, by a right wing group. “We condemn the attack. It’s no body’s business to take law in to their hands. Political ideas have to be fought politically,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters.