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'AAP not a party, but a movement'

Following the unusual rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the country, senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar on Monday said the AAP was not a regular political party but a movement that got a boost after the Delhi gang rape and murder case of December 2012.

punjab Updated: Feb 17, 2014 23:06 IST
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Following the unusual rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the country, senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar on Monday said the AAP was not a regular political party but a movement that got a boost after the Delhi gang rape and murder case of December 2012.

Kumar, who was on a visit here to oversee the arrangements for the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally on February 23, said the AAP contesting the Lok Sabha polls might benefit the Congress across the country.

"The AAP may benefit the Congress and affect the SAD-BJP vote bank. However, people are waiting for an opportunity to topple the Congress-led UPA government because of its corrupt and anti-people policies," said Kumar, in-charge of BJP's Punjab affairs.

Kumar said it was unfortunate that the MPs, who were part of the government, used pepper spray inside Parliament. Such incidents had made a mockery of Parliament; the system had collapsed; inflation and corruption were at their peak in the UPA regime, he said.

He said people were with the BJP for development. "The wave is in favour of Narendra Modi. Reports of formation of the third front could not take a concrete form as the front broke too often. Moreover, the third front has no face to promote as the prime ministerial candidate," he said.

Kumar said Rahul Gandhi lagged behind in politics and experience, that's why the Congress did not back him as the prime ministerial candidate.

Kumar said the party would release the list of candidates from Punjab soon. He said all leaders would respect the decision of the party.

'Delhi has a sigh of relief'
Kumar kept quiet on the issue of the FIR registered against chairman cum managing director, Reliance Industries Limited, Mukesh Ambani, in Delhi. He said the BJP had been against the increase in price of LPG cylinders.

When asked as to why the BJP had joined the Congress in rejecting the Janlokpal Bill in Delhi, Kumar said the BJP did not back the Congress but had stuck to its principles. "Parliament has already passed the Lokpal Bill, but if a state wants to pass the law bypassing the Centre, that is a breach of democracy. Kejriwal is an inexperienced politician, who created ruckus in Delhi; after his resignation Delhi has heaved a sigh of relief," he said.

BJP state president Kamal Sharma, district president Parveen Bansal and former health minister Satpal Gosain were also present at the press conference.