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Harsh Vardhan is BJP's Manmohan Singh: AAP

india Updated: Oct 23, 2013 20:04 IST
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Aam Aadmi party today launched a frontal attack on BJP's chief ministerial candidate for Delhi Harsh Vardhan accusing him of keeping mum over alleged corruption in civic bodies ruled by his party.

"Isn't Dr Harsh Vardhan in Delhi BJP's Manmohan Singh?" AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.

Equating Harsh Vardhan with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Kejriwal said Congress made Singh its face at the Centre but he failed to check corruption in the party and the government. Similarly, BJP has now made Harsh Vardhan its face in Delhi

"A corrupt Congress had made Manmohan Singh its face at Centre. Manmohan failed to check corruption within Congress and his own Government. A corrupt BJP has now made Harsh Vardhan its face in Delhi. What did Harsh Vardhan do all these years to check BJP's corruption in MCD?" Kejriwal said in his tweets.

Ending uncertainty, the BJP Parliamentary Board today named Harsh Vardhan as the party's chief ministerial candidate for the December 4 Delhi Assembly elections despite opposition by city unit chief Vijay Goel who had staked claim for the post.

Party president Rajnath Singh made the announcement at press conference and said the decision was unanimous and that Goel also consented to it.

Taking a dig at BJP's decision to project Harsh Vardhan as the party's CM candidate instead of Goel, Kejriwal said "and does BJP now concede that Vijay Goel is corrupt?".

AAP Spokesperson Manish Sisodia said that Harsh Vardhan had showered praise on Delhi chief minister three years ago and now he is contesting against her.

"In 2010, Dr Harsh Vardhan had praised Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and said Delhiites were very fortunate to have her as the chief minister," Sisodia said, adding "why he is fighting against her now?" This shows the reality of BJP's intention to fight against corruption, he added.

In another tweet, AAP activist Kumar Vishwas also took a dig at BJP saying, "Fight against Corruption VS Fight Against each other. Vijay hi Vijay hai ??"