Blowing up the poll heat to soaring high, Aam Aadmi Party has jumped into damage control exercise amidst high drama on Wednesday, reverting to a salvo fired upon it by the man whom the party has dubbed as BJP’s ‘sidekick’. AAP has termed the act as an attempt to defame its candidate from Nagpur Anjali Damania, and waging a proxy war in Nagpur battleground. In an e-mail disseminated across the media on Wednesday, AAP has refuted the allegations of involvement of Damania into a land scam in Karjat – a town in Raigad district of Maharashtra, levelled by Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) here on Wednesday.
In its clarification over the charges levelled by Tiwari in a press conference held earlier in the day, AAP has also presented some pictures in order to establish Tiwari’s relation with BJP’s Nagpur contender Nitin Gadkari.
High voltage drama
Earliers, things were escalated to high drama when one of the AAP men Ajay Sanghi reportedly gate-crashed Tiwari’s press conference and took to the dais to flaunt those photographs. Tiwari had called the press conference to make the allegations against Damania go wide across the media. However, the attempt was ridiculously thwarted when Sanghi emerged in the midst of the conference and exposed the entire connect.
Clarifications went flooding
Later in the day, the flurry of clarifications blew fast with AAP generating an e-mail while Tiwari tried hard to make his point through issuing official press release. However Tiwari could not justify his photograph attached by AAP as the document of evidence of his relation with Gadkari. AAP in its mail has also termed this act of playing foul through proxy means as a violation of poll code of conduct. The party has demanded disqualification of BJP candidate Nitin Gadkari for stage managing the proxy battle through his nondescript aide Kishore Tiwari.
Photo shows Kishore Tiwari with Gadkari
“Kishor Tiwari, head of VJAS and Sunil Gogate conducted this press conference. On further investigation, we have found that these men are closely associated with BJP and their Nagpur Lok Sabha candidate Nitin Gadkari. Tiwari is the brother of Vinod Tiwari, who is the National Co-convenor and vice president of All India BJP legal cell. Similarly Sunil Gogate is a BJP worker from Karjat.” said the release mailed by AAP. Both Tiwari and Gogate are shown sharing frame with Gadkari in different photographs produced by AAP.
EC should disqualify Gadkari, demands AAP
“It is amusing to see that BJP had to go all the way to Karjat to bring in their local workers and disguise them as local farmers and engineers. It is shocking that Gadkari, in his desperation to prevent his electoral debacle would resort to such shameful act, presenting his cronies and sidekicks as champions of farmers in Raigad. We hope that the EC will take a strong cognisance of this and disqualify Gadkari,” the release added.
Meanwhile, after being exposed Tiwari tried to clarify his stand by commenting that Sanghi’s forced entry into his conference shows growing frustration in AAP. He said that AAP men were trying disturb harmony of Nagpur. “May god blesses them with wisdom,” Tiwari quipped.