Kejriwal takes dig at BJP,says Modi won’t help it win Delhi polls

Says BJP’s autorickshaw campaign is proof that party is imitating AAP

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Published:September 19, 2013 1:05 am

A day after the BJP launched its poll campaign in the capital,Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday took aim at the party,saying “BJP bowkhla gaya hai (the BJP has lost its senses)”. He asserted that Narendra Modi,the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate,will not be a factor in the Delhi Assembly elections.

The AAP,citing the results of a survey carried out by it,claimed that the party was a frontrunner in the upcoming polls.

Responding to the BJP’s allegations that the AAP was an agent of the Congress and had been formed to eat into BJP’s share of anti-Congress votes,Kejriwal said such reactions stemmed from the BJP’s sense of an impending loss. “The truth is that the BJP is a corrupt party and the leaders in Delhi are fighting among themselves for the candidature of chief minister in the coming elections. Not even Modi’s influence will have an impact on Delhi’s elections because they don’t want Vijay Goel as their chief minister,” he said.

Kejriwal cited the BJP’s recent auto-rickshaw campaign as further proof of the party “losing its senses”. “Whatever we do,they imitate us,” he said.

Attacking the party,he said though the BJP has been in charge of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for years,it has failed to weed out corruption from the civic body. “Whether it’s de-silting or fumigation,the BJP has failed to provide for Delhi,” he said.

The party alleged the BJP and the Congress,in spite of their seeming opposition,had through the years consorted with each other for their own benefit.

“Senior BJP leaders knew about Robert Vadra’s activities a year before we raised the issue. But they sat on it and now the BJP is protesting about electricity prices. But at the time of implementation,they said and did nothing,” he said.

The AAP said it will usurp 26 per cent of BJP’s votes and 37 per cent of Congress’s votes,citing the results of a survey conducted by it. “We conducted two surveys,in February and in September,the raw data of which is online. The September survey shows we are well ahead in the seats we looked at,including Sheila Dikshit’s constituency,” Yogendra Yadav,AAP member,said.

The September survey covered 22 of the 70 assembly seats. According to its projections,the AAP is expected to garner 32 per cent of votes,while the Congress and the BJP trail at 24 per cent and 23 per cent votes respectively. In a previous survey conducted in August across Delhi,the AAP gave itself 27 per cent votes. The survey gave the BJP 31 per cent votes and the Congress 26 per cent.

The party,citing the August survey,claimed 41 per cent of Delhi’s residents wished to see Kejriwal as chief minister,while 20 per cent wanted Sheila Dikshit to return and 14 per cent favoured Vijay Goel.

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