AAP only a vote killer, Dr Harshvardhan says in exclusive interview
New Delhi, Nov 22: With Chief Minister's Sheila Dikshit's 15-year-old rule that has been full of adversaries for common man on issues like price rise, water, electricity, corruption among other issues, the newly-formed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) or BJP may be having a chance of coming in power in the national capital, but for the BJP's Delhi CM candidate Dr Harshvardhan, AAP is only a "vote killer".
Here are few excerpts of a freewheeling chat between Dr Harshvardhan and OneIndia's Sub Editor Bavita Jha:
On Arvind Kejriwal's AAP:
The four-time legislator from Krishna Nagar in east Delhi, Dr Harshvardhan said that AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is only misleading people. Kejriwal's debut in Delhi assembly elections does not matter to him. He also said that the contest is only between the BJP and the Congress, while ignoring AAP's presence.
Dr Harshvardhan said that initially Kejriwal came only to expose corruption in Congress, but now he has become a 'vote supplier'. He also confidently said that AAP will have no negative effect on BJP but may have on Congress.
On being asked whether BJP will be open for coalition with AAP in case, if any party does not gets full majority, then Harshvardhan wittily said that this is a 'fictional' question.
He explained that Kejriwal has already refused to support any party, then question of forming coalition with him does not arise.
In fact, Dr Harshvardhan, very confidently said that there is not even zero per cent chance of BJP's defeat and it will form government in Delhi by two-third majority.
On recent controversy between Arvind Kejriwal and social activist Anna Hazare, Harshvardhan accused Kejriwal of deceiving Anna and the people of the nation.
While maintaining that BJP will fight elections on the basis of key issues and moral values, Harshvardhan denied taking any advantage in the ongoing tussle between Anna and Kejriwal.
On BJP as an Opposition party
On being asked that due to weak role of BJP as an opposition party in Delhi, AAP has emerged as powerful and competitive party, Harshvardhan said that BJP has always questioned Congress on various issues and it has discharged all its duties as a responsible opposition party.
On Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit's failures
While counting the failures of Dikshit-led Congress government, Harshvardhan said that Sheila's development is limited only to metro and flyovers.
There is not even zero per cent chance of BJP's defeat: Dr Harshvardhan
While blaming Dikshit of failing and unsuccessful at every front, Harshvardhan said that if BJP forms the government in Delhi, then it will strive for full 'statehood status' for it.
Asked about opinion poll surveys, Harshvardhan exuded full confidence by saying that BJP is far ahead of other two parties and it will get full majority.
On infighting rumours in BJP
On speculations of infighting amid Delhi BJP leaders and misunderstanding with Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel, Harshvardhan refuted them as baseless and claimed that Delhi BJP is united and there is no internal rivalry.
He also said that party will resolve the small problem related to ticket distribution issue.
On BJP's future plans
On BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's election campaign in Delhi, Harshvardhan said that he will hold six rallies in the capital before it goes for the assembly elections.
Harshvardhan also revealed that BJP is asking people to vote for them on the basis of work done by the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to provide people a better future and to develop Delhi like Modi's Gujarat.
While signing off, Harshvardhan once again asserted that BJP will form the next government in Delhi and also exuded confidence for Narendra Modi of being elected as prime minister in Lok Sabha elections 2014.