‘Liquor scam, bribes’ — how BJP’s Santhosh plotted ‘anti-graft’ MCD poll campaign against AAP

New Delhi: The ongoing attacks by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for alleged corruption are part of a well-calculated strategy laid out by the party’s National General Secretary (Organization) BL Santhosh, for the citizens’ polls in Delhi. learned.

The parliamentary elections in Gujarat, where the AAP is to attempt to upset the BJP’s Apple cart is another reason for this strategy, party sources said.

Santhosh, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) point guard in the BJP, has told his party colleagues that the allegations of corruption against AAP leaders and the AAP-led government in Delhi were “stuck” and that the BJP should therefore focus on assemble these allegations ahead of the civil elections, multiple BJP leaders told ThePrint.

Santhosh gave these instructions at a meeting on Nov. 5 (followed by a core committee meeting on Nov. 14), which was attended by, among others, Delhi BJP leader Baijayant Panda, National Secretary Sunil Deodhar and Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta. BJP National President JP Nadda, meanwhile, chaired another meeting of party leaders on 7 November.

While the meeting took place in the context of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) election, cornering the AAP with corruption allegations is also expected to help the BJP in the Gujarat polls in which Kejriwal’s party is trying to emerge as the main challenger to the BJP.

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‘Close game this time’

According to a party source, the feedback the central leadership has received is that the municipal elections will be a close-contest and so it has developed several strategies to ensure it is able to defeat the opponents. term of office of three terms.

After several brainstorming sessions over the past week, the BJP decided to hold press conferences every day on corruption and misrule by the AAP government.

“Santhosh ji looked at the whole preparation and all that is planned by the Delhi Unit and he pointed out that the issue of corruption seems to be lingering among the people and causing a lot of fuss and hence the party should focus much more on this. More revelations regarding corruption and misgovernment need to be made on a daily basis so that people can understand how the AAP government really functions,” said a senior BJP leader.

The senior leader has held regular meetings with the heads of various election commissions to review the BJP’s polling campaigns and strategies for the MCD elections. He is likely to meet again on Wednesday to discuss the final leg of the campaign, another party official said.

In recent days, the BJP’s Delhi unit has ‘revealed’ how the AAP has indulged in corruption. For example, national spokesman Sambit Patra accused the AAP on Monday of ‘bribery in exchange for tickets’. Similarly, on Friday, the party accused AAP leader Mukesh Goel of allegedly demanding Rs 1 crore from a junior engineer of the MCD for giving gifts to party leaders.

BJP leaders believe there is “no wave” for or against any party in the MCD election and therefore the party should be more aggressive and focus on class-level management to ensure more people come to support the BJP to vote.

The BJP’s main focus in the election is also the alleged booze scam to water down AAP’s anti-corruption plank, which the Kejriwal-led party seems to be highlighting in Gujarat as well.

“The liquor scam is just one of the main issues we highlighted, as the AAP that came to power with an anti-corruption agenda is actually indulging in corruption. Apart from this, we will also continue to press AAP leaders including Satyendar Jain who is accused in a money laundering case,” said another leader.

The BJP has also targeted Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia over alleged corruption allegations related to the excise policy. In October, Sisodia appeared for questioning before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the excise case.

(Edited by VS Chandrasekar)

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