Over the last few months, the Aam Aadmi Party has repeatedly invited neighbouring BJP-ruled states to conduct administrative debates - be it Goa or Uttarakhand. And the fact that the other states have not been very receptive to the offer has not deterred the party. On Monday, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was seen conducting a debate of sorts, without his opponent anywhere in sight.
For the uninitiated, the debate is part of an ongoing tussle between the Aam Aadmi Party leader and Uttarakhand urban development minister Madan Kaushik. Sisodia had invited the latter to conduct an open debate on the development models of Arvind Kejriwal and Trivendra Singh Rawat governments.
However, Kaushik's absence during Monday's event should not come as a surprise to the AAP. After all, he had written a four-page open letter to Sisodia in which he has called him a “tourist politician to Uttarakhand” and rebuked the offer. Kaushik had opined that as far as public discussion or debate is concerned, politics is a serious subject and not a theatrical show.
"The Trivendra government is not running in Uttarakhand, but a joint government of BJP and Congress. The Chief Minister belongs to the BJP but the Minister belongs to the Congress, people of Uttarakhand are saying this," Sisodia alleged on Monday while at the event.
Alleging that Uttarakhand had seen no development, "but a lot of corruption" Sisodia claimed that the AAP would form the state government in 2022. "The BJP does not have the courage to stand in front of the 'Kejriwal model'. In 2022, there will be only AAP vs BJP and AAP government will be formed," he opined.
"Bhaagti Janata Party," criticised a tweet on the AAP handle.
(With inputs from agencies)