BJP: Congress bigger threat than AAP in Punjab

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New Delhi: “Misdeeds” of the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi have “exposed its real character” and it is no longer a force in Punjab politics, said BJP vice-president Prabhat Jha today, adding that the Congress is the main rival of the state’s Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance.

Jha, who is the BJP’s Punjab in-charge, also claimed that the ruling alliance would create history by securing its third consecutive victory in the assembly polls, expected to be held early next year.

Jha said the BJP would contest 23 seats in the 117-member assembly while the SAD will contest the remaining 94. He also said that the BJP’s role was that of an “elder brother” in the alliance.

“AAP is nowhere in Punjab… our contest is with the Congress,” Jha asserted in an interview with IANS.

He said Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be the main face of SAD-BJP campaign in the state. “‘Bade Badal’ has devoted his whole life for the people of Punjab. Serving the people of Punjab is his worship,” Jha said.

Hitting out at the AAP, which has seen some desertions in Punjab over the past few days, Jha said the party lacks a state leader. “Due to this, they have people who in the past have been seen with Khalistani elements. This is going to harm the state,” Jha contended.

The BJP leader, who was is also the party’s Delhi in-charge, said the AAP’s resounding victory in Delhi was “an accident for politics in India”. “People just voted for them as they were angry with the two other parties. It was a bitter saga of Indian politics,” he said.

“There is a lot of difference between Delhi and Punjab. There was a different kind of atmosphere in Delhi. They won 67 seats after winning 32 seats in an earlier election. But in Punjab it is not the case. They have four MPs but three have revolted against the party and the fourth (Bhagwant Maan) is under scrutiny for his role in putting a video of parliament on social media,” he said.