The chief minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit on Friday said the Aam Aadmi party had presented itself as a catalyst for positive change but it now stood exposed.
A day after a private television channel showed excerpts of a sting operation on some AAP leaders, Dikshit said the party, which once reflected the sentiments of the people, had changed.
“When it became a political party, it touched the emotions and feelings of the people. But it appears now that it was actually a self certification. Their face has totally changed now,” Dikshit said.
Talking to journalists at a special programme organised by Indian Women’s Press Corps, Dikshit dismissed AAP as an electoral challenger. She said the Bharatiya Janata Party was an established political party and their main rival.
“The less said about them (AAP) the better,” she said.
Contesting its debut election, the Aam Aadmi Party has fielded its candidate in each of the 70 assembly seats in Delhi. The national convenor and the face of the party, Arvind Kejriwal, is taking on the chief minister directly from New Delhi.
Dikshit has been winning the seat for the past three terms. Delhi BJP former president Vijender Gupta is also contesting the same seat, making it an interesting three-cornered contest.
Dikshit, however, said she was confident of winning. “Every contest is a tough contest only the (degree of) toughness changes (with the candidate). I am going into every fight with confidence,” she said.
When asked about Narendra Modi, Dikshit said he would not have any impact on Delhi elections. “He is BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, he is not already the prime minister. These are Delhi elections. People of Delhi know they are choosing the local government. He will have no impact,” Dikshit said.
Modi will address four public rallies in the next 10 days in Delhi.
Looking at a fourth consecutive win from New Delhi, Dikshit said there was no anti-incumbency wave against her government. “I see a pro-incumbency wave because of our good work and record,” Dikshit said. On the question of her donning a new role if the Congress returns to power in Delhi, Dikshit said she will go “with the system” till the Lok Sabha elections.
“If we don’t win, and its chances are very less, I will work till Parliamentary elections. After that I will do whatever I will be asked to do,” she said.