A FORTNIGHT after the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came to power in Delhi, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Sunday betrayed unease over its attempt to spread wings outside Delhi in the runup to the Lok Sabha polls by sparing a part of his usual anti-Congress tirade to slam the new party’s attempt to emerge as a national alternative.
While he did not name either Kejriwal or AAP in his address at a public rally here, Narendra Modi attacked the new party for questioning the BJP’s credentials and said that it did not have experience and vision to run the country. He virtually accused the media of exaggerating the AAP’s credentials and not looking beyond Delhi.
Narendra Modi gave the examples of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar — as well as his own humble origins — to take a dig at Kejriwal and projected the AAP as a shield for the Congress. “There are some who are questioning the BJP’s credentials. The Congress’s protector is questioning us,” he said.
“BJP’s first PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, despite his long political career, does not own a house of his own. Still our credentials are being questioned, false allegations are being levelled? All BJP workers have been working honestly for the people of this country and will continue to work honestly,” Modi said to counter the AAP’s attempt to project itself as an honest party.
In fact, he began his speech praising the “simplicity, honesty and commitment” of Parrikar to underline how the BJP always promoted such people. “One should know the honesty and simplicity of the chief minister here. Had Manohar Parrikar been in Delhi, the entire country would have known about this educated person who has remained so simple. Unfortunately, he is in Goa. The media cannot look beyond Delhi. There are many such gems across the country,” Modi said.
BJP chief Rajnath Singh too praised Parrikar.
Dismissing the AAP’s projection in the media, Narendra Modi said, “The country has to decide whether what looks on the TV are for their good or the visions that has been delivered on ground is for their good.”
He said he remained unfazed by the media projection of AAP and expressed confidence that he will emerge the winner. “I have always lost on TV screens and newspapers, but I have never lost in the hearts of people,” he said.
The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate