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Jan lokpal row: BJP likens AAP to drama company

PTI  Bangalore, February 08, 2014
First Published: 19:11 IST(8/2/2014) | Last Updated: 21:52 IST(8/2/2014)

BJP on Saturday likened Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to a "drama company" for its stand over passing of jan lokpal bill in the Delhi assembly.

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"When they (Arvind Kejriwal and others) had not formed the party, they sat with Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj to incorporate their suggestions in the jan lokpal bill. Now they have started a new drama. They belong to a drama company," BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told reporters.

Kejriwal has threatened to "go to any extent" on the issue of jan lokpal bill.

Lekhi alleged AAP comes to the rescue of Congress by diverting issues whenever the national party is in trouble.

"One such example is when people wanted to know the reason behind (Union Minister Sashi Tharoor's wife) Sunanda Pushkar's death, AAP leaders went on a dharna, demanding action against policemen who refused to carry out a raid on an alleged drug and prostitution ring on a Delhi minister's directive recently," she said.

Read: BJP, Congress join hands to defeat Janlokpal Bill: AAP

BJP leader Harsh Vardhan said the survival of AAP government in Delhi "is rooted in lies and it is doing nothing," except "insulting" the Constitution and "misleading" the people.

"People, especially in Delhi, are begining to understand AAP's conduct. They have been exposed before the country because they have failed to fulfil their promises of bringing transparency and rooting out corruption," he said.

On Kejriwal "evading" answers under RTI, Vardhan said it is unfortunate that an important RTI activist himself is refusing to answer queries on government's expenses on certain constructions.

Read:  Jan lokpal bill not unconstitutional: Kejriwal to L-G

The RTI query related to the amount Delhi government spent on the swearing-in ceremony at Ramlila Maidan and on the sprucing up of Bhagwan Das Road residence allocated to Kejriwal.

"If somebody wants to know how much has been spent on sprucing up the bungalow, why is this government refusing to give answers? The country wants to know," he said.


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