Soon after the Election Commission announced bypolls for three assembly segments in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress criticised the BJP for shying away from elections in Delhi.
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal once again took to social media sites and alleged that the BJP was scared of going to the polls and claimed AAP would win by a clear majority.
“BJP is running away from elections in Delhi. AAP is fully ready for the byelections. I am really amazed that despite the tall claims of the ‘Modi wave’, why is BJP so scared of elections in Delhi?” Kejriwal tweeted.
AAP and Congress have been demanding dissolution of the Delhi assembly to pave the way for holding fresh polls in the city. Both the parties maintained that the announcement of by-polls in Delhi clearly indicated that BJP was ‘scared’ to dissolve the assembly and hold fresh elections.
“My sources — BJP’s internal survey shows that if Delhi elections were held today, AAP would get overwhelming majority,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Chief spokesperson of Delhi Congress, Mukesh Sharma, said that the announcement of by-polls were indicative of BJP’s reluctance to hold fresh polls.
“The home ministry has not recommended dissolution of the assembly as the BJP is reluctant to face elections. If there has been a Modi-wave, then why is the BJP shying away from facing the polls,” said Sharma.
He reiterated the Congress’ demand of immediate dissolution of the assembly and said it will not allow BJP to form a government adopting unfair means. “To end the political uncertainty in the city we have to go for fresh elections. There is no other option,” he said.
BJP, however, welcomed the announcement of by-elections and said that the announcement proves that both the BJP government at the Centre and the party are ready to go to the people at the appropriate time. “The results of byelections will decide which party is more popular in Delhi,” said Satish Upadhyay, Delhi BJP chief.