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BJP has pressed ‘panic button’: Arvind Kejriwal


Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Exuding confidence that his party will come to power in Delhi, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal today said the BJP has pressed the “panic button” and was now resorting to “politics of poison” to avoid a defeat.

Five days ahead of the voting to the 70-member Delhi assembly, Kejriwal predicted that Congress will not win even a single seat which will obviate the need for him to take that party’s support as he had done in 2013 to form his short-lived 49-day government.

The significance of election in Delhi went far beyond its borders and that was why the BJP was fielding its “big guns” for the campaigning, the former Delhi Chief Minister told PTI in an interview.

“They have pressed the panic button and that is why you see all these big guns campaigning for the party,” he said and accused them of resorting to personal attacks against him, his family and the community he belongs to. “This shows their (BJP’s) desperation and frustration,” he said.

Referring to an attack on a South Delhi church this morning, he said this was in keeping with the pattern adopted by BJP in Uttar Pradesh where the electorate was polarised at the time of last year’s Lok Sabha elections and by-polls.

“This is what is the politics of BJP. They will try to polarise the society… We do politics of love and affection and they (BJP) do politics of poison,” he said.

Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s argument that it would be good to have a BJP government in Delhi which will work in tandem with BJP-led government at the Centre, he said he would work with Modi in a “constructive” spirit if his party comes to power.

On his rival chief ministerial candidate BJP’s Kiran Bedi, with whom he worked closely during Anna Hazare’s anti-graft agitation, Kejriwal said if she becomes Chief Minister, she will be like Manmohan Singh in the Congress party without a voice.

He also said that the former IPS officer was fit for police and not for Chief Minister’s post.