BJP, Cong dismiss rally as damp squib

BJP statement: The AAP could collect a motley crowd of around 3,500 people and even for this they had to bring chartered buses.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 4, 2014 3:02 am

The Delhi BJP was quick to hit back at the AAP on Sunday, after the latter took on the Lt-Governor and the BJP government during their rally held at Jantar Mantar.

Giving no credence to the massive crowd at the ‘Jan Adalat, a BJP statement said, “Even after spending lakhs on publicity, the AAP could collect a motley crowd of around 3,500 people at Jantar Mantar and even for this they had to bring chartered buses. It is strange that the

AAP, which used to criticise other parties for using chartered buses, itself hired buses today. BJP leaders have asked Arvind Kejriwal if it is justified to call their rally a ‘Jan Adalat’ when hardly a couple of thousand people turned up for it in a city like Delhi that has a population of 1.25 crore.”

The Congress too dubbed the rally as a “damp squib”. Delhi Congress’s chief spokesperson Mukesh Sharma said, “Kejriwal’s rally at Jantar Mantar was a total failure. It did not find any support from people of Delhi. In fact, most people in the rally were AAP volunteers from Delhi and other states. Kejriwal wants to mislead people again to grab power. But this time, he will not be successful.”

Sharma said though the Kejriwal government had resigned over the Jan Lokpal Bill in February, the former chief minister has “forgotten” about the proposed anti-graft legislation and wanted to come to power “by hook or crook”.

Responding to AAP’s allegation that BJP was running away from elections, the statement said, “BJP/Jansangh have a 60-year-old history and they never run away from elections as a result of which people of India have reposed their faith in the party. Kejriwal and his party have repeatedly changed political stands in hardly two years of existence. As a result, people dismissed it in Lok Sabha elections.”

BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri said the AAP was just trying to save its political existence. “If the party really cared for people of Delhi then why did it form the government with the support of the ‘corrupt’ Congress. In 49 days of being in power, they did not file a single case against Sheila Dikshit or any of her ministers,” he said.

Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyay urged the Lt-Governor to direct the concerned department of Delhi government to lodge cases against Sheila Dikshit and her Cabinet on the basis of CAG report for 2012-13, alleging misappropriation of public funds.

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