Ajay Maken’s stunning allegation: AAP contesting Gujarat to help BJP

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Delhi Congress chief, Ajay Maken, has alleged that Aam Aadmi Party’s decision to contest polls in Gujarat was to help the BJP.

Ajay Maken

Maken took to Twitter to ask why AAP had not contested assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, two states where non-BJP parties were facing anti-incumbency.

He wrote, “AAP- Contested PUNJAB&GOA Didn’t contest UP&UK in Feb Will contest GUJARAT not HIMACHAL in Nov- AAP like MIM will contest only to help BJP (sic)”

In Goa, the Congress had won 17 seats and fell four short of majority. The BJP, with the support of Goa Forward Party and independents, were able to form the government despite six of the party’s ministers in the previous government losing the assembly polls. Congress had alleged that it would have been able to secure the majority had AAP not made a dent in the non-BJP votes.

Maken made this clear in his subsequent tweet, when he wrote, “Goa-BJP 32.5% votes Cong 28.4% Difference between BJP and Cong 4.1% AAP with just 6.3% votes-helps BJP win Goa!”

Writing in his blog, Maken elaborated his point, ” Post 2013 Delhi elections, they have only selected the States to contest the elections where BJP is in power.  This year alone, the Aam Aadmi Party decided to contest from Punjab and Goa. Both the states had either BJP or it’s supported Government.

“However they decided not to contest in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur. None of these three states had BJP government. In 2014 Assembly elections, Kejriwal decided not to contest in his home state Haryana! Kejriwal Party contests only in such states, which have the BJP government so that they can cut into anti-incumbency votes to help the BJP.

“Also, very interesting to note here is that in Goa, they deliberately announced a Christian as the chief minister candidate. Likewise in Punjab, they announced that the Deputy Chief Minister will be from a Dalit community. Christians and the Dalits in Goa and Punjab have traditionally been the Congress supporters.”

Despite poor performances in Punjab, Goa and Delhi municipal elections, AAP has decided to contest the assembly polls in Gujarat scheduled for December this year.

Analysts believe that given the renewed oomph in the party’s Gujarat unit, Congress is most likely to cause an electoral upset in what’s been a BJP fiefdom for 22 years. However, with AAP also staking claim for the same non-BJP constituencies, it may make Congress’s task that much harder.

Nagendar Sharma, media advisor to Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, denied the allegation when he wrote, “Like you contested MCD elections to help BJP after losing security deposit in 63/70 seats in 2015 Del assembly – including your own seat.”

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi too tweeted challenging Maken’s allegations.

He wrote, “Sir are you saying that in a democratic country no party other than yours should contest elections your mindset & BJP both are dictatorial”

 

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