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Country presented with “gimmickry”: Jaitley hits out at AAP


Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley takes a jibe at AAP

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: Hitting out Aam Aadmi Party, BJP today alleged the alternative politics promised by the outfit has “faltered” and the country is being presented with “gimmickry” and the “road to anarchy” instead.

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said that in less than three weeks of coming to power in Delhi, a sense of idealism in AAP has been replaced by the desire for job-seeking, which, in turn, has resulted in fissures within the new party.

He also cautioned the political parties that this failure should not be confused by the message of setting higher standards of probity and accountability.

“India was promised alternative politics. I had personally hoped that alternative politics promised by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would lead to larger footprints on the Indian society. Conventional political parties and politicians would realize the importance of probity and accountability. Instead, the country is being presented with gimmickry and the road to anarchy,” Jaitley said in an article.

“My fear is that the failure of this experiment should not be confused by other parties as a failure of the good message of higher standards of probity and accountability,” he added.

Taking on the senior AAP leaders, Jaitley said there  is an in-built danger in establishing a political party and then going out to search its members and its ideology and said a group of “disparate, self-opinionated persons” have flocked to the new outfit.

“The new party has a distinct concept of new jurisprudence, that judges now will have to report to the executive…The initial enthusiasm of mobocracy as an instrument of decision-making has somewhat died down,” he said.

The BJP leader also described various members of AAP from one being a former airline owner to a banker from Mumbai who appear to be protagonists of the market economy.

Jaitley said others in the new outfit include an important Maoist sympathizer from Chhattisgarh and another from Jawaharlal Nehru University who was advising various groups of Kashmir to unite against the Indian state and his commitment had taken him to depose before a US Federal Committee (USCIRF) against Gujarat government.

He said another key member espouses the idea of referendum in Kashmir Valley and Maoist-dominated areas whether security is required to be provided in these areas or not while yet another activist from Ahmedabad, “who converted Anti-Modism into full-time occupation, wishes to know the opinion of other party members and others on the issue of gay sex and has reservations on admitting those into the party-fold who have conservative views on gay sex”.

Jaitley also took a jibe at a AAP Minister in Delhi, who being an accused, has the power to decide whether a judge is right or otherwise and rejects the order against him.

He said the initial indication of the economic policy of the party appears to be for nationalization of natural resources and airports, higher subsidy and hence higher taxes.