<br>Gupta made the remarks in an interview with . He said the "love and support" that the people in the national capital have given to the BJP is "giving us confidence that we will definitely secure a new term".
"There are so many achievements of the party be it beautification of parks, removal of 500 garbage dumps. Our candidates have public support. The ‘imaandar’ image of the Aam Adami Party has been tarnished because of corruption and scams," he added.
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
Q. What do you think about the AAP manifesto? Will it make any impact on getting votes?
A. Arvind Kejriwal has not fulfilled any of his promises. He promised to clean the Yamuna river but he did not. The Centre had also given him Rs 2,500 crore to set up STP plants, but did not. He also promised to control air pollution.
Earlier he used to blame the Punjab and Haryana governments for air pollution but now that Punjab has an AAP government, he has shifted the blame to the Centre and the L-G of Delhi. He doesn’t have the intention to do anything for the welfare of the people. He has set a Rs 1 crore budget to clean the Najafgarh Dam but Rs 800 crore for advertisement.
Ultimately, the public will decide who will work for them.
Q. How many seats are you expecting to win?
A. We are expecting to win more than 200 seats. The BJP is way ahead then the AAP. Every scam and corruption of AAP is out, people know their intentions now.
Q. Will the absence of Congress’ aura make any impact ?
A. In 2007 we had a direct fight with the Congress, which was repeated in 2012. In 2017 we had a triangular fight with the Congress and AAP and we won that time as well. Even in 2022, be it a direct or triangular fight, we will win.
Q. Out of all the weak points, anti-incumbency is the weakest, what is your comment on this?
A. We cannot ignore the fact of anti-incumbency. We cannot keep everybody happy but the BJP focuses on larger interests and this is our strong point. We work for the people, for the welfare of the people. There is anti-incumbency but more than that the people are in our favour. We will cover anti-incumbency.
Q. What does the MCD have in store for the youth and new voters ?
A. We are meeting in small groups to cater to the needs of people. Thousands of such meetings are being held. Pocket meetings for women and old in society. We are even meeting professionals and we are trying to cover every segment of the society.
Q. The AAP is attacking BJP for the garbage issue. Manish Sisodia also visited the landfill site and took a dig at your party, what is your comment?
A. If we talk about landfill sites, we are reducing 11,000 tonne garbage daily. This is the first of its kind in India that we are making electricity from the garbage. We have removed 500 garbage houses in Delhi. With the help of the Centre, we are reducing the height of landfill sites, segregating the garbage, and sending that to an electricity producing plant. In the last two years we have removed one-third of garbage from the landfill site and will remove the rest by 2024.
Q. AAP’s freebies always work. What is your stand on their freebie culture ?
A. There are no freebies they are giving to the people of Delhi. Many jhuggi people are getting a Rs 1,000 bill per month. There are freebies only for their own leaders. They are filling their own pockets in the name of freebies.
Q. What is your stand on the BJP not having a face for Delhi state?
A. Every worker is our face, they are our strength. The AAP doesn’t have workers who can go door to door campaigning and people recognise our workers. Our workers are not like theirs who were at home when the Covid-19 pandemic was raging in the country. It was our workers who were on roads to collect and clean the garbage. People know this and support us because we work for them.
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