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AAP's activities right-wing Maoism, party of confused leaders, says Nitin Gadkari

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 - 7:43pm IST | Place: Nagpur | Agency: PTI

In a scathing attack on AAP, BJP leader Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday dubbed the Arvind Kejriwal-led outfit's activities as "right-wing Maoism" and said its move to elicit views of people to form government in Delhi was a "mockery" of democracy.

"AAP is doing a tamasha (drama) over the popular mandate and asking people to tell them the future course of action. Why AAP is not forming government in Delhi when Congress has offered it unconditional support?..AAP's activities are right-wing Maoism," Gadkari, also BJP Delhi In-Charge, told reporters on the sidelines of ongoing winter session of state legislature here.

He alleged that people will soon get disillusioned with Aam Aadmi Party. "It seems the main job of the party and its leaders (is) only to attack others and make wild allegations," Gadkari alleged.

BJP has emerged as the single largest party with 32 seats in the 70-member Assembly in Delhi but is unable to form government in the wake of fractured mandate.

AAP, which emerged as the second largest party with 28 seats, has sought people's views on whether to form a minority government with outside support of Congress' eight MLAs.

Gadkari alleged that AAP is a "confused party of confused leaders".

"AAP is totally confused given the fact that when Congress extended its unconditional support to form government, the party sent a list of 18 conditions to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi," Gadkari said.

He was referring to a charter of 18 demands the party had sent to both Congress and BJP seeking their views on points that are presumed to be against the interest of both the national parties.

While Congress in its reply had made it clear that most of the issues mentioned by AAP can be addressed by government and do not need the House, BJP has not responded.

Gadkari said AAP and its leadership are "highly immature and irresponsible".

"They feel they are the only honest people and others are corrupt, while the fact is that AAP gave tickets to those who were denied nomination by BJP," he said.

"AAP seeking opinion from the electorate over government formation despite the just-concluded Assembly election is nothing but mockery of democracy. This shows the party's immaturity," Gadkari said.

He said he would contest Lok Sabha elections from Nagpur next year.

When his attention was drawn towards AAP leader Anjali Damania's comments that she would enter the poll fray from Nagpur, Gadkari said, "..Anyone can contest from anywhere in a democracy. If she contests from Nagpur, we welcome it".

Damania had levelled allegations of corruption when Gadkari was BJP president.

Gadkari, also the chairman of BJP's Vision Document 2025, said the document would be completed soon.

"While making the document, opinions of economic experts, retired IAS officers and other prominent personalities were incorporated," the former BJP president said.

He said income tax and sales tax can be abolished and replaced with transaction tax or expenditure tax.

"The present revenue from income tax, service tax and excise is to the tune of Rs 14 lakh crore whereas under the proposed tax, Rs 40 lakh crore would be collected in a transparent manner sans corruption which will end red-tapism," Gadkari explained.

He said a Pune-based think tank 'Arthkranti' has made a presentation on this front before him and party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. "The think-tank will be apprising bureaucrats soon," he said.

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