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Stung by AAP barbs, Akalis to adopt ‘tit-for-tat’ strategy

nation Updated: May 24, 2016 07:17 IST

NEW DELHI: The best defence is a good offence, and the Shiromani Akali Dal is starting to realise this in the run-up to its electoral battle against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab early next year.

A TV news report on water woes in AAP-ruled New Delhi caught the attention of a senior Akali Dal leader last week, giving rise to the ghost of a strategy in his mind. The leader called up the news channel’s office to seek more copies of the report, which he now plans to run on regional TV channels across Punjab for good effect.

The Akali Dal, which has been in power in Punjab for the last nine years, plans to adopt a ‘titfor-tat’ strategy against an aggressive AAP. The party leadership has called in a few social media experts from Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s team to try and rectify what it calls a “perception problem” arising from AAP’s tirade on the state’s drug menace and development-related issues.

At the same time, the Akali Dal wants to show that the AAP government is not doing so well in Delhi. “While the AAP has not been able to deal with the water and electricity problems in Delhi, it has promised the moon to the people of Punjab. We will expose them through fact-based campaigns,” Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral told HT.

The party leadership plans to make short films on the rampant use of narcotics in colleges

The BJP and the Congress have a “husband-wife” relationship in which they fight but hide each others’ secrets, said Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday in Goa. He accused the two parties of having an unwritten understanding to rule the country for five years each. Kejriwal appealed to people of Goa to shun their old political loyalties and vote for AAP “for the sake of the state”. across the national capital. “The idea is to dispel the assumption that Punjab is the drug capital of India. While the problem is graver in other parts of the country, such as Himachal Pradesh and Delhi, it is always Punjab that’s shown in a poor light,” said an Akali Dal leader.

The films are seen as a way of countering social media attacks, such as an anti-drug music video titled ‘Ek Nasha’ by poet-leader Kumar Vishwas, launched by the AAP leadership.