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Harsh Vardhan asks BJP cadres not to be complacent

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 10:44pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI
With only two days left for polling in Delhi's seven Lok Sabha seats, BJP leader Harsh Vardhan today asked cadres not to be "complacent", reminding them of the party's "unexpected" loss in 2004 despite a positive wave
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With only two days left for polling in Delhi's seven Lok Sabha seats, BJP leader Harsh Vardhan today asked cadres not to be "complacent", reminding them of the party's "unexpected" loss in 2004 despite a positive wave.

Addressing a meeting of the party's Intellectual Cell, the Delhi BJP chief said the "feel good" factor in 2004 made workers complacent leading to the party's "unexpected" defeat, and asked cadres to ensure a good turnout on April 10.

He said BJP would have formed the government in Delhi after last year's Assembly polls had it got one more vote each in half of the polling booths.

"We would have 10 more MLAs if we had one more vote cast in our favour in each of half of Delhi's booths," he said. But he added that it was a "blessing in disguise" as the people got to see the "real face" of AAP.

Vardhan said AAP speaks only "lies" and has humiliated all institutions from judiciary to executive and media.

"This is the first time when a strong anti-incumbency has been mixed with a strong positivity triggered among voters by (BJP prime ministerial candidate) Narendra Modi... We will win all seven seats in Delhi," he said.

BJP candidate from New Delhi constituency Meenakshi Lekhi said the people were living in pathetic conditions in colonies near the residence of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and it was a "shame".

Taking a dig at Rahul, she said women don't need empowerment as they already are in Indian society but need safety and security.

Addressing the gathering, journalist and BJP spokesperson M J Akbar said India has oscillated between hope and despair since Independence and there was a groundswell of anger among youths due to current joblessness and poor economy.

"If Modi does not come to power, if BJP does not come to power, then it is not danger only for the party but also for the country... Vote not for a stable government alone but for stable India," he said.

Former IFS officer and party leader Hardeep Puri also spoke on the occasion.




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