INDORE: Terming Congress as the father of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), former national president of BJP Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said, "AAP ka baap Congress hai."
Alleging understanding between AAP and Congress, Naidu said Congress is in power for the last one decade, people are angry with it and every party is fighting against Congress in this election but Arvind Kejriwal is not ready to fight Congress as for him BJP is the main opponent just like Congress.
Naidu said when Kejriwal has formed his party it emerged as a new hope and alternate to Congress but in the last three months, especially after forming government in Delhi, with the support of Congress, AAP has lost its credential and acceptability among people. "Now people see BJP as only hope and party will get overwhelming support from people in the election," said Naidu. He said more party will come to NDA after election.
Taking a dig at Kerjirwal, he said media made him headline after Delhi election but soon he was sidelined due to his irresponsible acts. "Now Kejriwal is applying all tricks to become headline again, visiting Gujarat to contesting against Narendra Modi from Varanasi is his attempt to get media attention," said Naidu, adding that '' but now people of the country have made their mind and accepted Modi as a leader.''
Downplaying issue of Jawant Singh and alleged sideline of senior leaders, Naidu said party is united and there is no issue. "Jawant Singh was given a lot by the party, this time he was denied ticket. His resentment is unfortunate," said Naidu adding that the party has always respected senior leaders and will continue to do so.
However, Naidu accepted fault in admitting Sabir Ali, who was removed from BJP in less than 24 hours, said party has learnt a lesson. "Party should check the background of leader before admitting them in party," he said.
On acceptance of BJP among minority, Naidu said, "This is our weakness to not have adequate support from minority but it was only because of the atmosphere created by other parties. Things are changing now." In last Gujarat assembly election 35 per cent minority voted for BJP, similarly in recent assembly election in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan party got support from minority community.
"Now Congress has become untouchable and NDA will get support from few more parties after election," said Naidu.