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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: After BJP MPs, AAP targets Congress’ ‘misgovernance’ in its poll campaign

The AAP used its candidates’ roadshows on Monday to highlight the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam case and the 2G scam case that came to light during Congress’s rule — both in Delhi and in the Centre.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 23, 2019 09:22 IST
Sweta Goswami
Sweta Goswami
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from East Delhi, Atishi with Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia shows victory sign on her way to file nomination form for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019 in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI )

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday launched a ‘pol khol’ campaign to “expose” the “misgovernance” of the Congress’s 15-year rule in Delhi.

Till now, the party had focussed the campaign on the seven BJP MPs.

Delhi AAP convener Gopal Rai said his party and the Congress had similar support base. “We will go door-to-door to tell them how the Congress repeatedly refused our offer for alliance and how voting for it would end up supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).”

The AAP used its candidates’ roadshows on Monday to highlight the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam case and the 2G scam case that came to light during Congress’s rule — both in Delhi and in the Centre.

At AAP east Delhi candidate Atishi’s roadshow, the party also highlighted the “difference” in the city’s education sector brought by the Arvind Kejriwalled government in Delhi and that of the earlier Congress government with Sheila Dikshit as chief minister.

“Elections should be fought on education, health and issues that actually affect the lives of people. AAP is changing the political narrative to these issues,” said AAP leader and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who accompanied Atishi in the roadshow before she filed her nomination.

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Gopal Rai said they will tell people that the Congress backtracked on its promise to give Delhi full statehood. “Its election manifesto only superficially mentions the issue by saying it would change the GNCTD Act, which is technically wrong as it would need a constitutional amendment,” he said.

Delhi will go to polls on May 12 and the results will be announced on May 23.

Despite declaring its candidates, the Congress on Monday maintained that its doors were “still open” for an alliance in Delhi.

When asked about Congress’s demand for a “Delhi only” alliance, Sisodia said such a tie-up would result in “a loss of seats”. “That is why we kept saying that no alliance is needed in Delhi. Alliance was needed to create an anti-BJP presence in the whole region in and around Delhi (NCR), which Congress failed to understand. Congress has around 7-8% votes in Delhi. Had the alliance been restricted only to Delhi then Congress would have lost even that vote share,” he said.

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Senior AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, who was the key negotiator from AAP for talks with the Congress, blamed its president Rahul Gandhi for the talks falling apart. “Congress’s top leadership should really introspect how a positive partnership fell apart. Now that they have announced their candidates, there are no chances of an alliance,” he said.

Singh said that Congress refused to all possible seat sharing pacts. “The seat-sharing formula were repeatedly changed for the Congress. The talks started for 33 seats in Delhi (7), Haryana (10), Punjab (13), Goa (2) and Chandigarh (1).

It then reduced to 18 (Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh) and then finally, further came down to eight seats (Delhi and Chandigarh). But, nothing worked,” he said.

The AAP has already entered into a seat-sharing agreement with the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) in Haryana — three for AAP and the rest going to its ally. For over two months, Haryana was the main issue that was stopping the two parties from coming together.

First Published: Apr 23, 2019 09:22 IST

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