Ahead of polls, BJP shoots five questions at Kejriwal

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 29, 2015 22:29 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday decided to put its campaign for Delhi assembly polls in top gear by fielding several of its frontline leaders and upping the ante against AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal with five questions, an exercise which will last till the last day of electioneering on February 5.

Among the five questions posed by the BJP to Kejriwal are: why he took Congress' support to form government in Delhi last year after having promised not to do so, and why he did not fulfil his promise of instituting a case against former CM Sheila Dikshit and not make public documents pertaining to alleged corruption by her.

He has also been asked why he took Z-plus security as CM and why he ordered for SUVs for his entire ministry while touting himself as a common man who moved in a Maruti car. The last question was: why he was using private jets and travelled in business class while fying within the country and abroad for garnering party funds.

Addressing a press conference, BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that in a review meeting chaired by party president Amit Shah, it was decided that the party will ask the questions to the former chief minister in order to expose his "lies" in the run-up to Delhi assembly polls.

"In its first set of questions, BJP wants to know why Aam Aadmi Party took Congress' support despite vowing not to do so. Our second question is why did his government not register any case against former CM Sheila Dikshit during the their 49-day ruling ?" Rudy said.

"Kejriwal went to take oath (as CM) travelling in Metro and claimed that he would only travel in simple car..then why he used SUVs for his work?. Our fifth question is why did he travel in a private jet, which was against his principles? Kejriwal even goes to Dubai in business class to collect donations," the BJP MP added.

He said that the AAP leader should answer BJP's questions because the people of Delhi also wanted to know about these facts.

Meanwhile, the BJP has roped in around 20 Union ministers and 120 MPs from across the country who will address around 250 meetings to woo different sections of society in Delhi.

Sources said it has also entrusted the responsibility of around five constituencies to each of the 14 Union ministers and senior party leaders, besides making middle-rung leaders incharge of each constituency to ensure that the workers come out in large numbers in taking the party campaign forward.

"Around 1.24 lakh panna prabharis have been appointed who will be incharge of each page of the voter list in Delhi and party workers from 13 states have come in to mobilise the party's cadres in its attempt to reach out to voters,"a senior BJP leader told PTI.

It has also been decided to come out with a vision document for the national capital instead of the usual manifesto.

Asked if BJP is "worried" of AAP and that is why the entire party force has been mobilised, Rudy said "it is part of the usual poll process. Fortunately, BJP has Union ministers, MPs and MLAs who are primarily party members. If they don't have all this, we cannot be held answerable."

Delhi has been divided into 14 districts by Team Shah for this campaign. Efforts to reach out to voters have been intensified on the lines of Shah's UP campaign.

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