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The Reliance Industries (RIL) gas pricing issue is likely to find a place in Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) manifesto as the new party has already indicated that it will be among the major issues to target Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress in the Lok Sabha election.
Also, with Bharatiya Janata Party and AAP both trying to occupy the political space created by a weakened Congress, the party will launch more fervent attacks on Narendra Modi in coming days.
"Arvind (Kejriwal) has been targeting both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress. The party will make this a major poll issue with which it can target both the parties over the corruption issue. The party will also add this in its poll manifesto," said a party leader.
"Just see how Arvind (Kejriwal) and the party raise the issue after April 1 when the new rates for the gas will be implemented. This is an issue with a pan-national appeal.
"We will make it more difficult for both the BJP and Congress over the issue," another party leader added.
Before the AAP-led government resigned this month, it had ordered the Anti-Corruption Branch to register an FIR against Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and Union Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily over irregularities in pricing of gas from Krishna-Godavari basin.
Arvind Kejriwal had even alleged that the BJP and Congress had colluded to bring down his government after he registered an FIR against Mukesh Ambani. The former Delhi Chief Minister has also written letters to Modi and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi asking them to come clean over the issue.
"The party has been more careful about the words used in the letters to both Narendra Modi and Gandhi. It reads like Kejriwal is asking questions over the gas issue, but also covers a host of other pricking issues like party funds," a party source said.
Attacking BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will also be a major strategy for the party.
"The Congress is a not a force in Delhi anymore, but we have to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party here", a party leader said.
Apart from it, there are states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab where the Bharatiya Janata Party is strong and even we are trying to make inroads there. In states like Haryana where the BJP is not a strong force, but its chances have brightened because of Modi. Hitting out at Modi can help us