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Against BJP, AAP ‘turncoats’, Cong pushes ‘clean, competent’ Maken


Ajay MAken

New Delhi: Congress, which has been pushed to the third position in the national capital, today sought to turn tables on its rivals, BJP and AAP, saying that they depended on “turncoats” like Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal while it has a “clean and competent” leader in Ajay Maken.

Referring to Bedi, who yesterday joined BJP and could be its chief ministerial candidate, AAP convener Kejriwal and Shazia Ilmi, one of AAP’s founder members who joined the saffron outfit today, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi branded them as “johnnies-come-lately” who could not be trusted.

Apparently drawing from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s penchant for using alliteration to drive home his point, he said Congress could boast of “two Ts” in its “tried and tested” track record in running the government in Delhi for 15 years and “two Cs” in “clean and competent” Maken, who heads its campaign for the Feb. 7 polls.

“Congress is the only party which is fully tried and fully tested and has a dynamic leader in Maken who has given all his life to Delhi. He is clean and competent,” Singhvi said at a press conference here.

Quoting from comments made by Bedi, Kejriwal and Ilmi in the past, the Congress spokesperson claimed that they were “unreliable”.

Taking a dig at Bedi, he said she used to dream of becoming the Delhi Police Commissioner and has now started dreaming about being the chief minister.

These leaders spearheaded the Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement and had claimed that it was “apolitical”, Singhvi said as he read from their previous tweets and comments.

Kejriwal had vowed not to enter politics while Bedi had often been critical of BJP and Modi, he further claimed.

“How much can people trust such turncoats?” he said. The Congress spokesman cited one of Bedi’s tweets in which the former IPS officer, commenting on Modi’s ‘Sadbhavna’ fast, had said, “What if he first planned to reach out to families in need of healing?” Her reference was to the victims of the Gujarat riots.