NEW DELHI:With barely hours remaining before Delhi heads to the polls, the BJP on Friday rejected suggestions that the outcome of high-stakes contest would be a referendum on Narendra Modi Government.
The BJP fielded its senior leader and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to address a news conference on Friday afternoon to say that the AAP was its main challenger in Delhi. Accompanied by the BJP CM candidate Kiran Bedi, Jaitley said the contest was a “choice between governance and anarchy”.
Following Jaitley’s presser, the Congress alleged that it was violation of the Model Code of Conduct and filed a complaint with the Election Commission. The Congress said that as the campaigning had ended, no one could have convened a news conference.
“Delhi elections are of great importance since Delhi is the face of the country and how government runs here is a reflection of the country’s image,” Jaitley said.
The national capital woke up to find almost all the major newspapers carrying full page advertisements showcasing the NDA Government’s eight-month track record. Modi’s picture dominated the advertisements, while Bedi featured in the lower corner, thus signifying that party was again relying on Modi’s appeal in its final message. Jaitley dismissed the AAP criticism of the BJP over the full-page advertisements saying it was a legitimate exercise to reach out to the voters. Recalling the Kejriwal Government, he said it would be remembered for his sit-in “at the seat of the power” and threatening to stop Republic Day Parade.
He also mocked the move by the TMC, JD(U) and the Left parties, saying they did not have a mass base.