Modi targets AAP for backing Cong

'Cong has become a liability for nation'

Modi targets AAP  for backing Cong

Over a fortnight after Arvind Kejriwal became Delhi Chief Minister, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi confronted the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the first time, though obliquely, by saying that people who are providing support to the corrupt and inefficient Congress are equally culpable.

The Gujarat chief minister’s attack on former environment minister Jayanti Natarajan, who resigned recently, was direct. He accused her of indulging in corruption. “I have heard about Income Tax, sales tax and excise tax but Delhi has Jayanti Tax,” he sarcastically remarked to the applause of the crowd.     

In his about 45-minute speech at a rally near Merces Bypass Road, Modi said: “Even in a family, if a person does not work, he becomes a liability. Similarly, the Congress has become a liability and the people who are providing ‘suraksha kavach’ (shield) are equally culpable.”
The AAP came to power in Delhi on the “unconditional support” provided by the Congress though the party emerged out of Anna Hazare’s mass movement against UPA’s corruption.

Modi also attempted to sell the Goa model of successful governance and its Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s simplistic lifestyle, humble but educationally rich background to counter Arvind Kejriwal trying to catch eyeballs through donning unconventional CM profile. He told the audience, “Imagine if Parrikar was in Delhi”. He also criticised the media for “not looking beyond the national capital”.     

Perhaps, since the AAP is now occupying more space and time in the media than the BJP, the Hindutva-cum-development face of the BJP said, “People will have to decide whether the country needs faces on TV or vision on the ground.”

He argued that the BJP had set high standards of public life for years which was manifested in Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who did not even own a house though he was the prime minister of the country.

By not refering to the debutant party in his election speeches delivered so far, Modi is said to be intentionally ignoring the growing popularity of the AAP that converged on to Delhi government formation. The BJP would prefer to have Congress as their prime enemy in the Lok Sabha poll battle. 

Modi’s indirect attack on the AAP seems to follow the RSS “direction” to the BJP top brass at their recent Hyderabad meeting. The BJP was reportedly told not to turn a blind eye to the AAP given the latter’s strong people connect.

The BJP’s poll mascot also supported Parrikar’s demand for special status to Goa. Taking a dig at ally-turned-rival Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has been demanding special package from the Centre, Modi said Parrikar is not asking for additional financial assistance but special status to preserve unique identity, environment and  culture. He dubbed the chief minister’s request a “new concept” to define special status.

He also took on Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for writing to states suggesting that terror cases against minorities should be reviewed. 

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