New Delhi: 05 Feb 2015
The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has extended support to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), in the ensuing elections for the Delhi Legislative Assembly with the exception of five assembly seats, namely Babarpur, Mustafabad, Seelampur, Matia Mahel and Okhla.
SDPI national general secretary Afsar Pasha in a statement earnestly hoped that victory for Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP will surely benefit the people of Delhi and convey a message to the secular forces of the country. Kejriwal may become a pivot for all the non-Congress parties to form a united front to fight back BJP-led NDA government which is out to change the secular character of the country as enshrined in the Indian Constitution.
Pasha said that Kejriwal’s AAP remains the only natural choice for the people of Delhi if they want a Delhi less corrupt, less communal and more people-friendly. BJP catapulted to power at the Centre on so-called development agenda. However, this agenda had tactfully camouflaged the corporate and the communal agenda which the Modi-led NDA government and BJP is sincerely pursuing both.
He said that BJP roped in opportunist Kiran Bedi, the first woman IPS of the country, without realising that the same lady was critical of Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, for his alleged involvement in 2002 riots in the state. On March 16, 2013, Bedi had tweeted: “One day NaMo will need to respond with clarity about riots massacre despite courts clearing him so far.” However, this wasn’t the first time she had done so. On April 10, 2012, Bedi had in a tweet reminded Modi that the special investigation team probing the riots had cleared him but that was not the end of the matter, the SDPI leader pointed out.
Now, Pasha said, in contrast to this how hollow Bedi’s assertion sounds when at a function where she joined the BJP recently she reportedly said: “I joined BJP due to the inspirational leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I wanted to sacrifice my entire life to social work. But he inspired me to join political life.”
He said that BJP is hoping to capture Delhi Legislative Assembly by riding on piggyback of Kiran Bedi who had at a time on twitter “rubbished” the allegations that she supported the BJP or sought public office. The ambition of becoming a chief minister has forced Bedi to do a somersault. She had to do a somersault in terms of ideology, in terms of statesmanship, in terms of thought process and in terms of conviction to join the BJP and realise her hidden inner desire.
Pasha pointed out that NDA is no better than UPA Government when it comes to promulgating Ordinances as it has already promulgated six in last seven months and there may be more in the pipeline. This does not bode well for the country, he added.