Though being wary of Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP’s national ambitions ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, BJP president Rajnath Singh has instructed party cadres to follow AAP’s electoral tactics to prepare constituency-wise manifesto to mobilise support for the party.
“You should get on to prepare parliamentary constituency-wise manifestos,” Singh told cadres assembled from across the country for the party’s National Council meeting in Delhi Sunday.
Without naming the AAP, his statement followed his veiled warning to the cadres against the AAP’s national ambitions to occupy anti-Congress space. “The Congress will never want a clear majority for the BJP. We must remain cautious about Congress’s deceptive tactics for this purpose,” Singh told party workers.
“You must tell the electorate that any vote to non-BJP or non-NDA parties is a vote in favour of the Congress. This needs to be emphasised,” Rajnath told the cadres in an apparent attempt to counter AAP’s efforts to project itself as anti-Congress alternative for the Lok Sabha elections.
Singh’s instruction came following the first such constituency-wise manifesto exercise adopted by the AAP during the Delhi Assembly elections.
The newly-formed party used the exercise to generate opinion in its favour in each of the Assembly constituencies in Delhi that eventually held it in good stead as the party emerged as the second largest party.
Following the Congress outside support to the AAP to form the government, the BJP has sought to leverage this to send out the message that the AAP is the B-Team of the Congress.