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AAP leading the road to “anarchy”; BJP; no ideology, says NCP – The Economic Times

AAP leading the road to “anarchy”; BJP; no ideology, says NCP. NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: After the vitriolic attack on it by Congress, Delhi’s ruling AAP faced more criticism today with BJP asserting the country is being presented with “gimmickry” and the road to “anarchy” and NCP saying the party was yet to spell out its ideology. BJP also used the accusations levelled by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Vinod Kumar Binny to attack Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government, charging it with “compromising” with corruption and “duping” the people of Delhi. Targeting senior AAP leaders, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said there is an in-built danger in establishing a political party and then going out to search its members and its ideology and noted that a group of “disparate, self-opinionated persons” has flocked to the new outfit. “India was promised alternative politics. I had personally hoped that alternative politics promised by AAP would lead to larger footprints on the Indian society. Conventional political parties and politicians would realize the importance of probity and accountability. Instead, the country is being presented with gimmickry and the road to anarchy,” Jaitley said in an article. He also said the alternative politics promised by the new outfit has faltered. He cautioned the political parties that this failure should not be confused by the message of setting higher standards of probity and accountability. “My fear is that the failure of this experiment should not be confused by other parties as a failure of the good message of higher standards of probity and accountability.” NCP asked AAP to explain its stand on secularism and reservation for backward classes and minorities. The one-year-old party is yet to give a clear view on where it stands on the principles of secularism and it should spell out its ideology, NCP spokesman Nawab Malik told a press conference in Mumbai. When the late HRD minister Arjun Singh introduced reservations for OBCs in IIMs and IITs, Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia’s youth for equality forum opposed the move, he said. “The party should clarify if it is opposed to reservations,” Malik said. In the fiercest attack yet by outside supporter Congress on AAP, senior party leader and Union Minister Salman Khurshid yesterday dubbed it as “anarchist” with “jurassic” ideas out to destroy the system and also with some of the “worst, stinking, third grade” people across the country.
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