Kicks off campaign in Capital for civic polls with stinging attack on Kejriwal
New Delhi : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Saturday kicked off the party’s high-decibel campaign in the capital from Ramlila Grounds for the civic polls slated on April 23, mounting a blistering attack on the main rival Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for so much corruption in less than three years of power in Delhi that not one or two but its 13 MLAs are booked for criminal cases.”
He said corruption had brought down the Congress that ruled Delhi for 10 years before AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal took over as the chief minister, but no previous government has been as corrupt as his government. It is less a government and more a gang of the corrupt, he said.
Shah said the appalled people will never allow AAP capture the three municipal corporations and exuded confidence that they will give a hat-trick to the BJP that is in power in all three local bodies since 2007.
The AAP leaders were quick with a rebuttal that Amit Shah is suffering from amnesia, a loss of memory, to accuse their party MLAs as criminals, forgetting that he was not only arrested but debarred from entering Gujarat by no less than the Supreme Court for conducting fake encounters to earn brownie points from Narendra Modi.
Though the Congress is the third major force in the upcoming municipal elections, Shah insisted that the real fight was between the BJP and AAP as he remained focused on attacking AAP and Kejriwal at the rally. He said Kejriwal stands exposed for winning the Assembly elections with false promises to the people of Delhi, claiming the AAP is setting the record of losing the elections, first in Goa and Punjab and now in Delhi.
“I urge our party workers to put their hearts into ensuring a victory for the party in the MCD polls. It is not just a battle to win Municipal Corporation of Delhi but a step towards rooting out the AAP in all future elections,” Amit Shah affirmed.
Rahul Gandhi had also kicked off the Congress poll campaign for the civic elections on March 8 from the same Ramlila Grounds.
The elections of all three municipal corporations are to be held on April 23 and the results will be out on April 26. The poll process begins with receipt of the nomination papers from March 27, scrutiny on April 5 and withdrawals allowed till April 8.
Meanwhile, the BJP has shifted its scheduled 2-day national executive in Delhi on April 15 and 16 to Bhubaneshwar on the same dates as the Delhi BJP leaders will be busy with the poll campaign in the capital and find it difficult to host the party leaders descending from all over the country.