Assembly election results 2022: AAP no alternative to BJP, says MoS Jitendra Singh

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AAP no alternative to BJP: MoS Jitendra Singh.

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  • AAP no alternative to BJP, which will only be one viable option in Punjab in future: Singh
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought a ‘new political culture’ to the country: Jitendra Singh
  • In Punjab, the AAP won victory by defeating the Congress, the SAD and the BJP-led alliance

The AAP is not an alternative to the BJP, which will be the only viable option in Punjab in the future, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Saturday, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi had brought a “new culture politics” in the country. .

Five-state Assembly poll results were announced on Thursday and the BJP won Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur, while in Goa it single-handedly came halfway.

In Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) recorded a landslide victory by defeating the Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the BJP-led alliance.

Prime Minister Modi has also broken the anti-incumbency spell, Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function here after being asked about his party, the BJP, retaining power in Uttar Pradesh. Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa.

The new political culture has broken the spell of anti-incumbency that was a notion created by Congress during its 50 or 60 years of rule, he said.

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“It had become a norm in the past to win elections on the basis of caste, creed and religion. Modi broke that spell,” the minister of state told the prime minister’s office.

Asked about the challenge posed by the AAP which scripted a stellar victory in Punjab, winning a three-quarters majority, Singh said: “…I make this prediction today, BJP will be the only viable option in Punjab and for his people.”

“You can’t draw a parallel, you have to understand the fundamental difference. The vote that the AAP got in Punjab is not a pro-AAP party and it’s an anti-establishment vote and, incidentally, the BJP was not part of the establishment in Punjab,” he said referring to the outgoing Congress government in the state and asserted that the AAP is not an alternative to the BJP.

He said that the BJP is in fact respecting the commitment of the “covenant dharma – the dharma of the NDA”.

“The Akalis (SAD) were our oldest partners and there were suggestions from time to time that we should part ways with Akalis so we could do better, but we didn’t. always cited the example that during the emergency when (former Prime Minister Indira) Gandhi put all our senior leaders behind bars, it was senior (Parkash) Singh Badal who came forward in support of the BJP “, Singh said.

“Now also this time it’s the Akalis who came out and we didn’t come out. We have to start from scratch. Next time or in the days to come you will realize again and I make this forecast today ‘ today: BJP is going to be the only viable option in Punjab and for the people of Punjab,” the minister said.

Singh said the BJP government in the Center is working for the welfare of all regardless of creed, caste and religion.

“We at the BJP are proud that Prime Minister Modi has birthed a new political culture in the country, following which opposition parties are forced to think about following suit. Modi made sure to reach out to those in need even though he is the last man in line, Sabka Saath and Sabka Vikas and no discrimination with anyone,” Singh said. At West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee’s appeal for unity to the opposition, he said Modi had shown how to conduct an election in the 21st century.

“They have to revise their strategies. Modi showed them how to fight elections in the 21st century. Whether they are men or women, Hindus or Muslims or any other religion, how to bring everyone in the country and serve the people at full time,” he said.

Responding to another question about a group of 23 Congress leaders, who had called for an overhaul of the party organization, he said it was an internal affair of the big old party.

“As for the BJP, we work 24/7. We don’t have time to look here and there,” Singh said.

Asked about reports that senior Congress official Ghulam Nabi Azad was unhappy with his party and might quit or form a new party in Jammu and Kashmir, he said: “I don’t want to not get involved in it. speculation.”

Regarding the holding of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, he said that it was the prerogative of the Election Commission of India and it was up to them to decide.

“I am not in a position to say the time of the elections. The ECI will answer its call,” he said, adding regarding the BJP, “we are always ready, 24/7 and that is the main reason when there is a election, all of our leaders and activists come together and work in unison to reach out to voters (to ensure the victory of party candidates)”.

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