Delhi 2020

AAP, BJP trade charges on buying of votes

Poll revelry:Band players and a BJP supporter wearing Narendra Modi’s mask at a road show on Thursday.— Photo: Meeta Ahlawat  

On the last day of campaigning on Thursday, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party traded charges regarding distributing of money and liquor to buy votes.

Addressing a press conference just after the campaigning came to a close, AAP leaders alleged that the BJP had been intimidating the poor by grabbing their identity cards. However, the AAP leaders denied claims made by the BJP leaders that an AAP candidate had been caught storing and distributing liquor.

“You might get some news on that score, you must wait and watch,” said AAP leader Ashutosh, when asked to specifically respond to the BJP’s claims.

“We are getting responses from all 70 constituencies. We have heard about the BJP distributing money and liquor as well as grabbing ID cards of poor AAP supporters who live in jhuggis,” Mr Ashutosh alleged while speaking about how the BJP had failed to keep all their election promises.

“We drafted our manifesto after months of consulting with people. There were issues of women’s safety, electricity and water shortage and corruption. The women told us that there were certain dark spots in the city that needed to be lighted up. The youth told us that getting an education loan was extremely difficult so the government will be the guarantor whenever a youth has to take a loan for an education. We will be providing more transport facilities in some areas and new colleges to serve the youth,” said AAP leader Ashish Khetan.

Earlier, the BJP leaders had accused the AAP of storing and distributing liquor. BJP spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha said: “They (AAP) have even sold their party tickets in these elections and their candidates were found collecting and storing liquor for distribution during elections.”

“They make all kinds of allegations against every party and institution including the Election Commission but they think they are not required to answer any questions,” he added.


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