Arun Jaitley speaks on AAP, Ram Mandir & inclusive agenda

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New Delhi, Jan 22: Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said in an interview to the Economic Times that parties like Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is in a "self-destructive mode" and as long such "anarchic parties" stress the issue of stability ahead of the elections, the BJP will get advantage out of the stability card. He said while asked whether he thought the AAP would eat into the BJP's votebank in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

[Read: What Jaitley said about Modi's economic blueprint in the ET interview]

Asked about a recent pre-poll survey conducted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi which said the AAP will get four per cent of the votes cast nationally and 48% in Delhi in the general polls, Jaitley said the polls were conducted on the "suhaag raat" (wedding night) of the Delhi results and now after the just-withdrawn dharna in Delhi, the AAP strengthens the hands of Modi and BJP rather than eating into their votes.

Jaitley said the AAP has actually benefitted the cause of Modi and BJP

Has the BJP left out the Ram Mandir issue from its agenda this time? To this, Jaitley said the BJP is always committed to its basic issue and there is no question of leaving out the Mandir issue. He said one would have to wait and see the BJP's manifesto when it is released.

Did Narendra Modi, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate and the chief minister of Gujarat, recently flew kites with Bollywood actor Salman Khan to woo Muslim voters and tackle the polarising effect? To this question of the interviewer, Jaitley said the BJP's agenda favours all and there is no scope of polarisation. "The fact that every person in India will be safe, secure and treated equally has been our belief," he said.

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