BJP's national spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said here today that the Congress is "using" the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Third Front to stop Narendra Modi from becoming Prime Minister. "The Congress party is left with nothing to talk about. So their leaders are pushing AAP and Third Front against Modi. We believe that all votes given to the AAP and Third Front are actually given to the Congress," Javadekar said here, while addressing a press meet today at the newly inaugurated Gujarat BJP headquarters called 'Shri Kamalam'. He also questioned AAP giving a Lok Sabha ticket to Medha Patkar, who opposed the construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada river.
Javdekar claimed that AAP must come clean on the question of the Narmada dam issue before making enquiring about funds received by the BJP for election rallies. "For the people of Gujarat, the water of the Narmada river is a question of life and death. The Gujarat government always tried to increase the height of the dam, but Medha Patkar stalled the project through her petition. AAP must tell the people of Gujarat people if Medha Patkar will ever withdraw it," said Javdekar, who claimed ignorance about AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal's brief detention at Patan.
On the question of corruption in Gujarat, Javdekar gave a clean chit to Modi. "The Congress was involved in numerous scams such as Adarsh, 2G, coal, CWG and many more. Such large scale corruption was never seen in Gujarat" claimed Javadekar, who refused to accept allegations of corruption in the Sujalam Sufalam project in Gujarat.
Defending the BJP's decision to include the tainted B S Yeddyurappa once again in the BJP, Javdekar claimed that the former Karnataka CM is "clean". "The high court has disposed of the corruption case against Yediyurappa. So, we have welcomed him into the party," Javdekar said.
Javdekar also put Congress in the dock over the country's economic growth. "When Atalji lost power in 2004, our Index of Industrial Production was 8.4. The Congress brought it to 4.8.
However, they still refuse to accept their failure," Javdekar, said. He was accompanied by Gujarat revenue minister Anandiben Patel and Gujarat BJP spokesperson I K Jadeja said.