As January ends and February and the forthcoming Delhi Vidhan Sabha elections draw close, BJP circles seem to be getting more and more jittery. They have pulled out all stops and now have a good part of their cabinet ignoring their official responsibilities as they join the campaign against AAP.
This despite going all out to promote Madam Kiran Bedi whose joining the BJP and becoming CM candidate for the party was supposed to be a ‘Game Changer’. Well, it has definitely changed the game – in favour of Kejriwal and AAP it seems. They put her in the first row where VVIPs were seated at the Republic Day parade and panned the Doordarshan cameras on her again and again. This made Kiran feel like such a star that she went ahead and made such thoughtless remarks like
“Ask him ( Kejriwal) to join the BJP, phir usko bhi front row invite mil jayega!” One sentence like this from your CM candidate and all the good PR that the BJP thought had been achieved by Obama’s ‘hugely successful’ visit seems insufficient to win at the hustings.
Today the BJP struck upon a new strategy – ask five questions daily from Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) chief ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal in the run up to the Delhi Assembly elections.
The five questions of the day were : “Why did AAP compromise on principles for power? What happened to AAP’s promise of acting against Sheila Dikshit? While championing cause of common man, why did AAP ask for SUVs? Why did Kejriwal use a chartered flight and fly business class? What happened to the AAP promise that they won’t take VIP benefits?”
Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Thursday said the BJP will pose five questions for Kejriwal everyday and expect reply from him from till February 5 everyday at a press conference.Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry was also with him when he asked the questions. Looks like BJP is going to require all its ‘skill’ and ‘industry’ to come up with creative questions!
Kejriwal seems unfazed, and why shouldn’t he? With just two weeks to go for the elections he finds his chief opposition, the BJP, focusing on him rather than on their own candidate.
“Why five, ask me ten!” he says.