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Compete in honesty with AAP govt: Sushma Swaraj tells BJP-ruled MCDs

Saturday, 28 December 2013 - 9:09pm IST Updated: Saturday, 28 December 2013 - 10:30pm IST | Agency: PTI

Taking a cue from AAP's success in Delhi by flagging the issue of corruption, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj asked partymen to present a clean image and work honestly without groupism in the three civic bodies under party control.

"AAP has made corruption as an issue and brought it to the centre. That is why, those of us in the Municipal Corporation have a responsibility. In Delhi, there should be competition of honesty. Who is more honest. Is the government more honest or BJP run civic bodies. This should be the fight. Till now there was a competition of corruption in the Congress government," Swaraj said while addressing party workers.

Asserting that a united BJP cannot be defeated in Delhi, Swaraj said that the party and its workers have to realise this challenge and work honestly. "If you remain clean and work with honesty in running the three civic bodies where BJP is in power, then there is no force in this world which will stop you from winning all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi," she said.

She asked party workers to have two 'mantras'-- working honestly in running the civic bodies and not indulging in groupism while working hard to win the Lok Sabha elections.

She said that she had predicted and told party leader Nitin Gadkari that AAP is making tunnels which are not visible and "through these tunnels they are going to win a lot of seats and whatever figures I gave him about the vote percentage, it came out exactly that. "I had predicted that those seats which we have been losing for the last 15 years, we will win all those seats in the assembly elections but those seats which have been ours, we will lose them," she said.

She said that the reason behind this was that in these areas, the workers had gone through an exile for the last 15 years but in others, groupism came to the fore.

Talking about the results of the Assembly elections, she said that if her party had got 2,500 more votes, BJP would have been in power today and it came short of four to five seats. 

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, meanwhile, said that those who had criticised Congress the most had now taken help from the party to form the government.

"Congress knows it is losing the 2014 elections. That is why, whoever can defeat BJP, its strategy is to support them.

So, they went with Lalu Prasad Yadav in Bihar and with Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi. One was convicted for corruption and the other says he is fighting corruption," he added.

He also pointed out that, during the swearing-in on Saturday at Ramlila Maidan, there was none present from Congress although the party is supporting AAP in government formation.

"Those who have formed the government, my wishes are with them that they fulfil their promises... but the public announcement that was made that neither would support be given nor taken from Congress or BJP, that has been violated," he said.

"That support has been taken... the government which took oath today cannot wish away the fact that it is a Congress- supported government... That is the political reality," he added.

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