BJP: Delhi voters have to choose between governance and anarchy

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 06, 2015 20:43 IST

A day before the February 7 polling for Delhi Assembly, the BJP described the battle as a ‘choice between governance and anarchy’ and hit out at the AAP saying it was more comfortable on streets than in the secretariat.

With Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari appealing to Muslims to vote for AAP, the BJP asked those who oppose such diktats to come out and vote 100%. The party also expressed confidence about getting a majority in the Delhi assembly.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reiterated that the “dilution and disappearance” of the Congress is the political price they were paying for their deeds in Delhi and the country.

Jaitley rejected that Delhi election were referendum on the Narendra Modi government’s performance but admitted that this election hold importance because Delhi is the face of the country and how government runs here is a reflection on the country's image.

“The BJP has shown what it could do in the country in terms of development and governance. No one talks of scam now,” he told reporters, adding that the two week long campaign for the Delhi elections had been a satisfying experience.

He also accused AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal of indulging in "diversionary tactics" over the allegations of dubious donations to his party. Referring to his party's chief ministerial candidate, he said Kiran Bedi has been in public life for 40 years and knows the skill of administration.

Jaitley also dismissed AAP's criticism of BJP over full-page advertisement put out by the saffron party today in almost all major newspapers, saying it was a legitimate exercise to reach out to voters. "It's a strange party. It does not find anything wrong with accepting black money as donation but questions us for reaching out to people," he said.

Jaitley said the 49 day rule of Arvind Kejriwal was “nightmarish” and would be remembered for Dharna and threat to disrupt Republic Day parade. “These are all faces of anarchy.... They talk about honesty and then give tickets to land mafia. They allege political conspiracy when their candidate is caught with liquor bottles," Jaitley said.

The senior BJP leader, seen as a key party strategist, mocked the move of lending support to AAP by Mamata Banerjee-led TMC, Nitish Kumar's JD(U) and the Left, saying they have no base in Delhi.

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