New Delhi : The Congress has turned its guns on the Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in the Punjab Assembly elections, suspecting it cutting into the party’s Dalit votes, especially in the rural areas. In its perception, the ruling Akali Dal-BJP combine is already on the losing wicket because of the anti-incumbency factor coming into play as it is in power for the past decade and so it should better focus on the AAP.
The Congress leaders noted that a rally jointly addressed on Friday by PM Modi and CM Parkash Singh Badal did not attract a big crowd unlike the massive attendance at the rallies addressed by Rahul Gandhi. They, therefore, think the party should not waste energies on attacking the ruling Akali Dal.
The Congress, however, found a feeling among the voters that they have tested both Badal and Congress CM candidate Capt Amarinder and so why not try Kejriwal. They said the Jat votes appears getting divided between Akali Dal and Congress while AAP is focusing on the Dalits who may prefer it than the Captain, a Jat leader, coming to power once again after 10 years.
The first signs of Congress launching an all-out attack to demolish the image of Kejriwal came from a series of tweets by Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh, dubbing him as a ‘RSS agent’ out to work for a ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’ (India free of Congress) scheme of the BJP.
Digvijaya retweeted a photograph of Kejriwal addressing a 3-day meet organised by the Swadeshi Jagran Manch of the RSS at the Bhagwant Singh Mehta Auditorium of Jaipur in coordination with the Centre for Media Research and Development back in September 2006. “Here is a pic of Kejriwal at RSS’ Swadeshi Jagran Manch in 2006. He is one of them & reflects RSS ideology,” the tweet said.
In another tweet, Digvijaya underlined that “RSS fears ideology of Secularism and Socialism of Congress drafted by Gandhiji and Pt Nehru which Nehru, Gandhi family represents today. Can Kejriwal deny this? He targets the Congress votes to help BJP. He has done this in Delhi, now in Punjab and Goa,” he tweeted.