Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yesterday rounded off its campaign for the Delhi polls with another salvo at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as it accused the party of distributing money and liquor to woo voters and also claimed that it was misleading the people with false promises and rumours.
The saffron outfit also posed a set of five more questions for AAP, asking why it has not bothered to increase pensions for the elderly, widows and disabled persons and why it was violating the Model Code of Conduct and the law by engaging in “dishonest” acts.
It also questioned AAP over allegations levelled by its own people about misappropriation of disaster relief funds in Uttarakhand and also brought up the charge of distribution of liquor and money by its candidates to lure voters after a huge cache of liquor bottles was recovered by the police from one of its candidates.
Further, BJP asked AAP if it does not want to expand Delhi University which it had done by establishing the East and West campuses.
BJP has now posed a total of 70 questions to AAP, none of which have been answered, and hoped that the rival party would honestly reply to them to allow Delhi voters to make their choice before voting.
“People claiming to form a government are approaching a party which they called ‘chor’, as disclosed by Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken.
This is a continuous saga of relationship with Congress. Delhi voters would necessarily understand the recreation of a 49-day government once again,” Union Minister and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman said.
She said people have to decide between voting in a stable government for ensuring all-round development to make Delhi a world-class city and handing over power to AAP, which it alleged was trying to mislead people by making false promises.
On Maken’s disclosure about AAP having sought its support and Congress rejecting it, she said, “This not only exposes the hollowness of AAP’s anti-Congress and anti-corruption plank but also proves that there has always been a secret understanding between AAP and Congress.”
She cited examples of AAP protecting former chief minister Sheila Dikshit from corruption charges and its leaders participating in meetings of Sonia Gandhi’s National Advisory Council.
Posing the last set of questions, Sitharaman said, “Are the elderly, who depend on pension not aam aadmi?” as she sought to highlight that AAP had not promised any rise in pensions for the elderly, disabled, widows and homeless in its manifesto.
On BJP’s promise for enacting an ‘essential drug policy’ to make 25 essential medicines available free of cost to all, she said AAP had made no such promise.
“Why has AAP not given any attention to this? Is ensuring that no citizen is deprived of 25 life-saving drugs and ensuring that they are available for free to the poor not an aam aadmi agenda? Is the people’s medicine problem not a concern to you?” she asked.
Referring to BJP’s promise of expanding Delhi University, the Minister said that education was, however, missing from AAP’s manifesto.
“Why has AAP failed to even think of it? Is not expanding Delhi University a priority for AAP?” she asked.
Talking about allegations of misappropriation of disaster relief funds by AAP in Uttarakhand, she said that an FIR has been filed in Nehru Colony police station in Dehradun and AAP’s former state secretary, Bhargav Chandola, has alleged that huge funds have been collected in the name of Uttarakhand flood disaster victims but only Rs 15 lakh have been declared.
“Will Kejriwal answer this grave charge of alleged misappropriation of disaster relief funds?” she said.
Sitharaman also accused some AAP members of openly trying to polarise Delhi voters along communal lines by participating in protests by members of the Christian community over “attacks” on churches here.
“Prominent members of AAP have been caught distributing cash to lure voters in election rallies, prominent AAP members have been caught promoting religious disharmony and trying to polarise Delhi voters along communal lines.
“Will Kejriwal answer the electorate of Delhi as to why they are indulging in such dishonest acts and violating the law and EC’s Model Code?” she said.
Later, a former AAP leader, Anil Bhardwaj, joined BJP in the presence of Union Ministers Sitharaman and Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Bhardwaj said he was impressed by the “man of vision” and does not want to be with the “Man of illusion”.