The national organizer of the Aam Aadmi party, Arvind Kejriwal, on Monday called on the people of Gujarat tied to the elections “not to waste their votes” in Congress and vote for the AAP instead, saying claimed his party was in direct conflict with the ruling BJP.
Speaking to reporters after arriving in Ahmedabad, Kejriwal further claimed that the Congress will only get four-five seats in polls for the 182-member Gujarat Assembly to be held on December 1-5.
The BJP has been in power in Gujarat for 27 years. This time, the Kejriwal-led AAP has engaged in a high-decibel campaign to position itself as the main challenger to the BJP by repeatedly emphasizing that Congress is losing ground.
The AAP has already announced the names of its candidates on 178 seats.
“I estimate that Congress’s vote share will fall below 13 percent and gain 4-5 seats. This is a direct contest between the AAP and the BJP,” Delhi chief minister Kejriwal told reporters after landing in Ahmedabad.
He appealed to the “hardcore voters”, who still intend to vote for it, not to “waste their votes” by doing so.
“They should vote for the AAP, which offers hope to your children and your family,” Kejriwal said.
He claimed that Congress completely collapsed as the polls approached.
“No one will vote in Congress,” he added.
Kejriwal further claimed that there were two types of voters in the state – one who hated the BJP and refused to vote for it because they were frustrated after 27 years of its “misrule”. “Then there were others who were frustrated with the BJP but hated Congress more and had to vote for the ruling party out of helplessness,” he said.
The second category of voters will vote for the AAP and at the same time, Congressional votes also shifted to the AAP, he said.
According to an AAP official, Kejriwal is likely to stay in Gujarat for two days for election-related activities.
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