AAP, BJP spar over Baniyas on Twit­ter Al­le­ga­tion Of Voter List Dele­tions Sparks Row

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New Delhi: A war of words broke out be­tween Aam Aadmi Party and BJP on Twit­ter over the Baniya com­mu­nity af­ter union min­is­ter of state for par­lia­men­tary af­fairs Vi­jay Goel tweeted on Satur­day that peo­ple of “Baniya com­mu­nity from Delhi are upset be­cause CM Arvind Ke­jri­wal and AAP think that they are stupid”. Re­act­ing to al­le­ga­tions by Ke­jri­wal and other AAP lead­ers that BJP has got names of 4 lakh vot­ers from the com­mu­nity re­moved be­cause they are dis­ap­pointed with the BJP gov­ern­ment over de­mon­eti­sa­tion and GST, Goel asked whether the Baniyas will ever be­lieve that the BJP will do so when the com­mu­nity has two union min­is­ters from Delhi.

Ke­jri­wal was quick to hit back. “Why BJP has got names of 4 lakh out of the to­tal of 8 lakh Baniya vot­ers in Delhi deleted,” he asked on Twit­ter, seek­ing an an­swer from Vi­jay. “The wrong poli­cies of BJP like de­mon­eti­sa­tion and GST have de­stroyed the busi­ness of traders. That is why peo­ple from Baniya com­mu­nity are not vot­ing for BJP this time. In that case will you get their names deleted? This is how you will win?” Ke­jri­wal tweeted, quot­ing Goel’s tweet.

This led to a trad­ing of barbs be­tween lead­ers from both sides as sup­port of the com­mu­nity ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in the cap­i­tal is crit­i­cal.

The con­tro­versy over the al­leged dele­tion of names of 30 lakh vot­ers in Delhi erupted re­cently when AAP al­leged that the “names were deleted on the direc­tions of BJP”. Ac­cord­ing to AAP, most of the deleted names are from Baniya, Poor­van­chali and Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties.

Coun­ter­ing Ke­jri­wal’s al­le­ga­tions, Goel said: “Ke­jri­wal speaks bla­tant lies. He should prove the dele­tion of 4 lakh names of Baniya vot­ers or re­sign. Ke­jri­wal has lost all cred­i­bil­ity among peo­ple and that is the rea­son why he failed to win elec­tions in Pun­jab, Goa and Delhi mu­nic­i­pal polls, etc. He has not won a sin­gle elec­tion af­ter the 2015 Delhi as­sem­bly elec­tion,” he said.

But AAP lead­ers were un­re­lent­ing in at­tack­ing the BJP and Goel. The party’s south Delhi Lok Sabha incharge, Raghav Chadha, stated that in the Mad­hya Pradesh as­sem­bly elec­tions, the BJP did not give a sin­gle ticket to Baniyas de­spite 230 seats in the as­sem­bly.

All this prompted the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion, Vi­jen­der Gupta, to jump into the fight. “Due to the fall­ing graph of AAP, Arvind Ke­jri­wal is ter­ri­bly en­raged and is spread­ing con­fu­sion about peo­ple who have got their names deleted from vot­ers list by fill­ing form 7 (due to change of ad­dresses),” Gupta tweeted. He claimed that 2.26 lakh vot­ers have got their names deleted be­tween 2015 and 2018.

In re­sponse, Ke­jri­wal asked: “Why peo­ple are get­ting their names deleted in Modi­raj? Jwala Gutta (re­tired bad­minton player) her­self got her name deleted? Peo­ple them­selves got their names deleted in Te­lan­gana, MP, Ra­jasthan? You have given an ac­count of 2 lakh votes only, where did 28 lakh votes go?”

The CM had ear­lier an­nounced that he would get the deleted names re­stored.

The con­tro­versy over the al­leged dele­tion of names of 30 lakh vot­ers in Delhi erupted re­cently when AAP al­leged that the ‘names were deleted on the direc­tions of BJP’

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