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