Salman Khurshid has accepted defeat: Jaitley

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, AMRITSAR
  • Updated: Apr 27, 2014 23:06 IST

BJP candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that union minister Salman Khurshid has virtually accepted defeat by stating that the Congress could consider giving support to the Third front after the Lok Sabha polls.

Writing in his 'Campaign Diary' on the Facebook, Jaitley said, "Salman Khurshid has virtually accepted defeat when he says that Congress may consider supporting the Third Front. Fortunately the projected figure in their case shows that even these manipulations are not likely to work".

He said, "The electorate is now aware of these manipulative tendencies and is likely to deliver a decisive result. Those who toy with the idea of Third Front (government) with Congress support are only reviving an idea which has repeatedly failed. Such non ideological combinations formed purely for convenience can never deliver governance".

He further said, "There are many who rejoice the political instability. It is only then that they can claim some relevance. I am sure that the electorate is wise enough to defeat not only the Congress but also the merchants of instability".


Jaitley also took a jibe at his Congress rival Amarinder Singh by asking him as to why no senior leader came to campaign for him.

"The Captain complains that a lot of celebrities have come to campaign for me. He is right. I have a large number of family members, political friends and achievers campaigning for me. My political colleagues and leaders have also done their bit. But why has no senior Congress leader agreed to campaign for the Captain? Is Shri Anand Sharma the best he could get?" he added.

Notably, Bollywood stars, cricketers, comedians and top politicians, including BJP's PM nominee Narendra Modi, have campaigned for Jaitley. But as far as Amarinder is concerned, even Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi failed to turn up to campaign for him.

Observing that Amarinder hardly has any issues for his campaign, Jaitley said, "The initial dose of press statements and some manufactured issues made news since they reflected Captain Amarinder Singh's ability to fight a battle. But a few days down, the Captain exposed his weakness. He is unable to discuss national issues".

The BJP leader said, "He repeats the same two-three points most of which have no relevance to the current political environment in which the Lok Sabha elections are being held. The often repeated renditions, at some stage, cease to make news. They render the campaign dull and pedestrian".

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