The Delhi elections are fast turning into a showdown between team Kejriwal and leaders who have quit his party to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
After Kiran Bedi and Shazia Ilmi, Vinod Kumar Binny, the expelled AAP MLA joined the BJP on Sunday.
Lashing out against Kejriwal, Binny said “he played with people’s emotions to win the 2013 Delhi elections” and was not serious about people-centric issues. “He insulted a great person like Anna Hazare and made a fool out of me. Whatever he did was staged and he has no sympathy with anyone. He even used a sensitive issue like rape to garner support,” said Binny.
“He asked people not to pay water and power bills and promised to waive off the bills if voted to power. But when I asked him what he intended to do to reduce the power bills, he said it was not possible. He lied to get votes and played with people’s emotions,” the former AAP MLA said.
On January 15, three Muslim leaders of AAP -- Shakil Anjum Dehalvi, Farhana Anjum and Ishrat Ali Ansari -- joined the BJP, AAP’s 2013 candidates from Matia Mahal, Ballimaran and Krishna Nagar respectively.
According to BJP leaders, the induction of prominent AAP members in the party will send out a message that everyone is inclined towards the BJP.
“It will hurt them mentally that their own members, who had contested on their tickets last year, are joining the BJP. A message has gone to the voters that AAP is not reliable. During our campaigning, we will also highlight the lies of AAP and former AAP leaders will help us in doing so,” said a BJP leader.
Shazia Ilmi said whoever tried to question Kejriwal was termed a traitor. “It was Binny, who gave Kejriwal the idea of nukkad sabhas. When we had joined AAP, we were asked to follow the example of Binny to carry out public meetings. The same Binny turned traitor when he tried to question Kejriwal,” said Ilmi.