‘Time to over­throw BJP in 2019 polls’

Mail Today - - NEWS - By Gu­lam Jee­lani in New Delhi

IT IS about time to over­throw Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the up­com­ing Lok Sabha polls like the Con­gress was over­thrown in 2014 gen­eral elec­tions, said Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) na­tional con­venor and Delhi chief min­is­ter, Arvind Ke­jri­wal while as­sert­ing that his party would de­feat the rul­ing party at the Cen­tre on all seven par­lia­men­tary seats in Delhi.

“We over­threw the cor­rupt Con­gress regime in the last gen­eral elec­tions (2014). But even big­ger goons are in power now. If they re­turn to power, they would de­stroy our Con­sti­tu­tion. The coun­try needs us, once again. We have to be united again and over­throw this dic­ta­to­rial cen­tral gov­ern­ment,” Ke­jri­wal told party work­ers dur­ing a meet­ing at his res­i­dence on Satur­day.

Ke­jri­wal was re­fer­ring to the 2014 gen­eral elec­tions in which Con­gress (UPA2) lost to NDA after an anti-graft cam­paign by him as­sisted by so­cial worker Anna Hazare. Be­gin­ning Thurs­day, the AAP chief will hold Lok Sabha con­stituency-wise meet­ings of Delhi work­ers till Jan­uary 16. “You all have to work hard and en­sure that the BJP loses in all seven seats in Delhi,” he said.

Ke­jri­wal's com­ment come at a time when a spec­u­la­tion on AAP al­liance with the Con­gress to chal­lenge the BJP in par­lia­men­tary polls is rife, es­pe­cially after ap­point­ment of for­mer CM Sheila Dik­shit as pres­i­dent of Delhi Con­gress. Us­ing 2014 poll FILE PHOTO asth­matic, the Delhi chief min­is­ter also re­peated his ear­lier state­ment on how a vote for Con­gress in the up­com­ing Lok Sabha elec­tion would mean vic­tory of BJP.

“In Delhi, BJP got 46 per cent votes, AAP got 33 per cent and Con­gress 15 per cent votes in last elec­tions. The lat­est sur­veys have in­di­cated that BJP is go­ing to lose 10 per cent of its vote share this time. You have to con­vince peo­ple if these votes (10 per­cent) are won by AAP, we will have all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi with 43 per cent votes,” he said urg­ing party work­ers to ex­plain to peo­ple that vot­ing for Con­gress means vic­tory of BJP

“Now if this 10% vote went to the Con­gress, the BJP would still win as then the Con­gress would have stood at 25%, the AAP at 33% and the BJP at 36%,” he ad­des.

AAP’s East Delhi Lok Sabha in­charge Atishi also ad­dressed the vol­un­teers in the meet­ing. “Once again, the time has come to reach out to ev­ery cit­i­zen of Delhi and ex­pose the BJP's dou­ble stan­dards and en­sure AAP's vic­tory on all seven seats,” she said.

Ke­jri­wal said AAP will win all 7 seats in Delhi

Ke­jri­wal’s com­ment comes amid spec­u­la­tion about an AAP-Con­gress al­liance to chal­lenge the BJP.

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