The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for comparing the saffron party with Pakistan’s notorious spy agency ISI.
Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari on Sunday said that the AAP has ‘betrayed’ the people of Delhi and ‘failing’ to fulfil the promises made to them. He also accused the AAP of ‘lowering’ political discourse despite its claim of being an alternative to the old politics.
"The last five years of the Aam Aadmi Party have been disappointing. The party which came up as a symbol of alternative politics lowered the standard of political discourse," he said.
“The party after coming to power in Delhi also disappointed people on crucial issues such as education, health, pollution, transport and corruption,” Manoj Tiwari added.
Speaking at the AAP’s National Conference held here on the occasion of the party's fifth anniversary, Arvind Kejriwal had said that ‘by dividing India on the Hindu-Muslim line, the BJP has done in three years what Pakistan and its ISI could not do in 60 years’.
He had accused the saffron party of ‘polarising’ the country saying ‘it has realised the goal of Pakistan of dividing the nation in just three years of its rule’.Without naming Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, Kejriwal said the AAP is ‘not like a Napolean’ whose intention is to win every state election, but its real purpose is to change the system.
"Pakistan's biggest dream is to divide Hindustan on the lines of Hindus and Muslims. Those people who're dividing the country on the lines of Hindus and Muslims are ISI agents," he said.
"Under the veils of patriots, they're anti-nationals. They want to weaken the country. That dream that Pakistan has been seeing, which ISI could not do in 60 years, BJP has done in three years," he added.
The Chief Minister said that ‘country is going through a difficult time’.
Scores of AAP volunteers and party leaders from several parts of the country were present for the national convention. Kumar Vishwas, who has had an uneasy relationship with the party leadership, also addressed the crowd.
The CM also raised questions about the death of CBI court judge BH Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case in which Amit Shah was prime accused, and said even judges were not safe under the BJP rule.
"The circumstances in which Loya was found dead have raised various questions," he said.
Kejriwal urges Gujarat people to uproot BJP
Urging people in the poll-bound Gujarat to ‘uproot’ the BJP, Kejriwal said the entire nation was looking at Gujarat and praying for the BJP's defeat. The AAP is contesting in a few seats in the western state.
"Voters should vote for a candidate or party that is winning and capable of defeating the BJP. Our aim is to uproot the BJP. Make sure that the BJP loses," he told the gathering.
Kejriwal claimed that the BJP is the "father" of the UPA in corruption.
"We gathered five years back in the same place and protested against the UPA for its corruption. Nothing has changed. The BJP has become the father of UPA in terms of corruption," Kejriwal said citing the Panama Papers revelations and the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.