Feeling AAP heat, BJP stages protest, donning saffron caps

New Delhi | Published:January 11, 2014 2:59 am
BJP supporters protest against Delhi government on Friday. (PTI) BJP supporters protest against Delhi government on Friday. (PTI)

It seems like the BJP is learning a few tricks from the one party that its brass had rubbished as a “vote cutter” ahead of Delhi Assembly elections.

Feeling the heat of AAP’s performance in Delhi, senior leaders of the BJP held a sit-in protest at the Rajghat.

BJP leaders flocked Rajghat sporting saffron caps with ‘Vote for Modi’ written on them. A few weeks before, AAP leader and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too had visited Rajghat after his swearing-in ceremony. He then had sported his party’s white cap.

“The dharna was held at Rajghat as this was the first place that Kejriwal had visited after taking oath as chief minister. This dharna is to remind him of the “false promises” he made to the people of Delhi,” Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel said.

The leaders alleged that the AAP was resorting to gimmicks to divert the attention from real issues including corruption and price rise. BJP said it will set up committees to monitor AAP government’s functioning.

Dismissing comparisons between BJP workers’ saffron caps and the AAP’s white ones, Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Harsh Vardhan claimed that the cap has been the RSS trademark since 1951 and had nothing to do with the AAP.

“We have been wearing it since 1951. At the RSS branch, we all wear black caps. AAP has not got an international patent on the cap. It was our desire to wear the cap and since this is a mission to make Modi the Prime Minister, we have written a message ‘Vote for Modi’ on the cap,” he said.

Goel said, “Today, we are wearing the saffron cap with ‘Modi for PM’ written on it. This is to send a message that the BJP is committed to making Narendra Modi the PM of the country. Saffron is a colour of sacrifice and struggle for the good of the society and that is what BJP stands for.”

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