Protest AAP-Congress joint op, says BJP

BJP also attacked Kejriwal’s claim of alternative politics, saying it only meant anarchy.

New Delhi | Published: January 22, 2014 1:09 am
Police personnel leave after the AAP called off its agitation, in New Delhi on Tuesday.Ravi Kanojia Police personnel leave after the AAP called off its agitation, in New Delhi on Tuesday. Ravi Kanojia

Betraying unease over the AAP’s attempt to occupy the anti-Congress space, the BJP on Tuesday said CM Arvind Kejriwal’s protest and the way it was called off exposed the tacit understanding between his party and the Congress, on whose support he formed the government in Delhi. It also attacked Kejriwal’s claim of alternative politics, saying it only meant anarchy.

“It (AAP) promised alternative politics. It is now clear that the alternative politics is anarchy. This has been admitted by the leader of the AAP. The demagogue is unambiguous,” Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said in a signed article. “There is on display a ‘Federation of Anarchists’ on the streets of Delhi. Anarchy cannot be Alternate Politics.”

Finding it difficult to reclaim the anti-Congress space from AAP in the national capital, the BJP sought to corner the new party, dubbing its tactics as “unpatriotic” in the wake of its potential to disrupt Republic Day celebrations here. “Only an anarchist unaware of the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters can undermine Dr Ambedkar ‘s Constitution and the Republic Day,” Jaitley tweeted.

At a press conference, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said, “His stand on Republic Day is unpatriotic and condemnable.”

Reacting to Kejriwal calling off his protest after an appeal from the Delhi Lieutenant General, Javadekar said, “He started his sit-in protest with the demand of suspension of police officers. That has not been done. This has only exposed that it was a joint operation between the two parties.”

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