Describing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as “a big example of an urban Naxal,” Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari on Friday said the AAP and the Congress are chips of the same block. “Some urban Naxals are plotting to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Arvind Kejriwal is a big example of an urban Naxal,” he said at a press conference in Raipur.
“Being a chief minister, he (Kejriwal) sat on a dharna to stop the Republic Day parade,” the Lok Sabha MP said.
The actor-turned-politician also asked the Congress to clarify its stand on controversial statements made recently by its party leaders Raj Babbar and Navjot Singh Sidhu.
“Raj Babbar ji says Naxals are revolutionaries… Navjot Singh Sidhu praised Pakistan and hugged Army Chief there. Congress should clarify its stand on both the issues,” Tiwari said.
According to the BJP leader, the Congress and the AAP are not very different from each other.
“The Congress and the AAP are `ek hi thaili ke chatte batte’ (chips of the same block). Both parties had earlier formed a coalition government in Delhi. AAP is a B team of Congress,” he said.
Tiwari also praised Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh for effectively tackling the Naxalism menace in the state.
“Efforts are underway to bring those who were misguided (and joined Naxal ranks) during the Congress rule, to the mainstream,” he added.
Tiwari was in the state to campaign for his party for the second phase of elections on November 20 covering 72 assembly seats. The first phase of polling, covering 18 seats, was held on November 12. Counting of votes will take place on December 11.
The leader recently sparked a new controversy while addressing a rally Chhattisgarh. Taking a swipe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Tiwari had reportedly said had Sonia Gandhi observed Chhath, she would have had an intelligent son.
Condemning the BJP MP's remarks, Youth Congress activists staged a protest outside Tiwari's North Avenue residence in New Delhi on Tuesday.
(With PTI inputs)