New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has repeated his party's rhetoric on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) - it is Congress' plan B. In a press conference in New Delhi, Swamy described Congress as AAP's de facto patron.
Mentors of Arvind Kejriwal include former national advisory council members Aruna Roy and Harsh Mander who are considered close to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, said Swamy. "It is clear that Kejriwal is working in connivance with Congress," said Swamy, who merged his Janata party with the BJP in August.
When asked if he had any proof to support his claim, Swamy said, "There can never be any proof of such things. From what we see on the ground, we can conclude that Kejriwal's party is working to attain the objectives of Congress party. "
This is the first time in the run up to Delhi assembly polls that a BJP leader called a pres conference focussing on AAP - an indication that it is taking the one year party seriously. However, Swamy said he was only warning people about the intentions of the AAP. "Kejriwal is a thief who is stealing BJP's agenda of highlighting corruption. If a thief enters your house, will you not take him seriously?" he said.
About the AAP members, Swamy said, "He (Kejriwal) represents a motley crowd of anti nationals sleazeballs and financial manipulators."
Manish Sisodia, former journalist and one of AAP's founder members espouses the cause of Maoists and Naxalite, said the BJP leader.
Swamy also targeted Prashant Bhushan saying that he is a traitor who wants to hand over Kashmir to Pakistan.
On various occasions, AAP has maintained that Bhushan's views on Kashmir are his personal and not party's stand.
Less than a month away from Delhi assembly polls, BJP's state unit is combating factionalism. Last month, it witnessed a bitter fight over the naming of the chief ministerial candidate. The party is out of power in Delhi for 15 years. The emergence of AAP as a serious contender in Delhi assembly poll has added to the party' woes.
First Published On : Nov 5, 2013 20:29 IST