Rajnath skips AAP, tells party to focus on Congress

National executive is slated to take up discussion on the two resolutions political and economic to finalise them for placing it before the party national council on Saturday.

New Delhi | Published: January 17, 2014 1:05 am
Sushma Swaraj, L K Advani, Rajnath Singh, Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley at the BJP office-bearers’ meet on Thursday Sushma Swaraj, L K Advani, Rajnath Singh, Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley at the BJP office-bearers’ meet on Thursday

Despite the acknowledgment that the party’s underestimation of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) prevented it from wresting power in Delhi, the BJP Thursday indicated it won’t be paying undue attention to the new party in the Lok Sabha elections and will remain focused on its campaign against the Congress.

Addressing the party national office-bearers and state in-charges meeting on the eve of the BJP national executive meeting on Friday, party president Rajnath Singh stressed on the need to remain focused on the mission to oust the Congress from power. While he did not deem it necessary to mention AAP in his speech, the party’s political resolution is also unlikely to target AAP directly, sources revealed.

“Mission 272+ should be our focus,” BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi quoted Rajnath as having told the party’s central office-bearers. He targeted the Congress, cautioning party leaders on the alleged “deceit” that the ruling party may deploy. “The Congress, which lost the recent assembly elections, appears to have already conceded defeat. So far, it was engaged in the politics of manipulation, but now it has resorted to the politics of deception and facade,” he told party leaders, urging them to remain focused on their target. His allegation was a reference to the Congress’s attempt to corner BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi in the alleged snooping controversy.

“They are trying to corner our prime ministerial candidate, making baseless allegations against us and spreading rumours,” Trivedi said. He also indicated that “support to other parties”, which was a veiled reference to AAP, was also part of the Congress’s alleged “deception” against the BJP. Party leaders said going by Rajnath’s tone, he may avoid any reference to the AAP in his speeches at the national executive meeting as well as the national council meeting in the coming days. Party sources said the political resolution that will come up for discussion before the national executive as well as the national council will avoid any direct reference to AAP. “It is the best strategy to ignore them from top, but attack them from below to dent their credibility that they have anyway started losing fast,” said a senior BJP leader.

The BJP’s political resolution, however, is likely to take an indirect swipe at AAP’s credentials to occupy anti-Congress space at the national level when it is running its government with Congress’s support in Delhi, sources said. “There will be no direct reference to AAP in the resolution. Indirectly, their credibility will be questioned on the grounds that they are running a government with the Congress’s help,” said a party leader. “We are considering AAP as an opponent in the same way as parties like RLD, RJD, SP and BSP that have been aligned with the Congress against the BJP,” said a BJP leader.

The national executive is slated to take up discussion on the two resolutions — political and economic — to finalise them for placing it before the party national council on Saturday.

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  1. G
    Jan 17, 2014 at 6:47 am
    Seems to be the right decision of BJP as unduly criticizing AAP will backfire . People supporting AAP are also the supporters of BJP.
    1. Ramakrishnarao Rebbapragada
      Jan 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm
      BJP has nothing to focus on except Mani Shankar Aiyar's statements. AAP is beyond their intellectual capacity. Congress appears to be copying the AAP's style with no substance.
      1. M
        M S
        Jan 18, 2014 at 11:39 am
        BJP is generally a good party. There are, no doubt, some very bad elements in it, but that is a hazard. What matters is that its top leaders like NaMo, LKA, Rajnath Singh etc are highly honest and sincere. People desire that BJP should come to power. However, BJP should select candidates having high integrity, in an open manner by involving the public, from all religions, good number of women etc. BJP should also sincerely attempt to highly simplify the existing tax structure. The suggestion of Ramdev Baba is really worth considering very seriously. It should not involve itself in doing nautanki like AAP. It should reduce its criticism of AAP and rather any really good work done by AAP should be praised. If BJP sincerely engages in the welfare of the public, there is no reason why it should not come back to rule India again. However, it should ensure that it does not become like AAP of today whose ministers always take media with them to gain useless pority and votes.
        1. R
          Rajive Yadav
          Jan 17, 2014 at 3:21 am
          If BJP really wants to defeat AAP, it must promise at least following things:1. Stop criticizing AAP. Instead, spend your time & money for finding meaningful solutions to create jobs, build infrastructure, fight corruption, inflation, poverty, illiteracy, skill development,e-governance, peace, unity, religious freedom.2. Give ticket to only highly educated, experienced, & competent candidates (evenbetter than what AAP selects) in an open, fair, & compeive manner.3. Print money & provide unlimited funding for infrastructure projects4. Provide unlimited funding for E-Governance (to cut red tape & corruption)5. Reform Education, Police, Judiciary by adopting American model.6. Remove all restriction & allow 100% FDI in A-Z to create millions of jobs.7. Keep taxes and interest rates low to create jobs8. Express clearance of development/industrial/infra projects.9. Mandate Police & Courts to dispose all cases within 4 months of filing date with noexcuse or extension.10. Implement merit based system for govt. jobs and govt. contract works.11. Make all govt. schools English medium (to remove painful language barrier and compete against world)12. Build high quality (high in demand) educational insutes and hospitals in large numbers across all INDIA.13. Implement 24/7 (prompt) emergency medical & police help.14. Never hesitate to promise & implement populist schemes like affordable housing, interest free loan, free medical care & education for poor.