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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Valmiki feels Goa BJP MLAs will lose to an AAP wave next polls

Panaji: Goa Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) secretary Valmiki Naik said that it will be the first and last term of Panaji MLA Siddharth Kunkolienker, adding that, "everyone from chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar in Mandrem, Shubash Phaldessai in Sanguem, Ramesh Tawadkar in Canacona, Vishwajeet Rane in Valpoi, Babush in Taleigao and Digambar Kamat in Margao will lose to an AAP wave" the kind seen in Delhi.

"AAP gets supporters from both the secular vote bank as well as from the BJP vote bank. AAP is the only party that is capable of attracting the BJP vote bank too. Our principles are very clear about secularism and liberal ideology but very importantly, we address the issue of corruption which in no way the Congress can address," added Oscar Rebello, AAP spokesperson speaking to media persons on Tuesday.
When asked why the party in Goa doesn't have a face yet, Rebello said, "A face will evolve. Democracy will throw up leaders and faces if it is a genuine democratic movement." He admitted supporting BJP and Manohar Parrikar before the last elections, saying he "never expected that degree of betrayal". "AAP has a unique characteristic where it doesn't only fight on the issue of secularism, which is what most other traditional 'secular' parties like the Congress and NCP do, by trying to win the election and polarize the electorate on that basis; but it also addresses the issue of corruption," he said.
Referring to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's principal secretary Rajendra Kumar's arrest along with four others by the CBI in a corruption case, Rebello said that there is a clear pattern: Modi government rattled by AAP and the groundswell of support for the party, is cracking down on the Delhi AAP government by filing trivial and cooked-up charges, arresting MLAs and throwing them in jail.
"There is a whole pattern whereby the process of democracy in Delhi is sought to be derailed. Forget about AAP, the point is today it is AAP, tomorrow it may be you. It is extremely unfair for people who want to get into public life and actually serve the people to undergo this kind of repression under the hands of the establishment. Democracy is under siege in Delhi and this trend could start percolating downwards," he said, reiterating that the party would confront issues of corruption head on. Naik added that Modi can't digest the fact that AAP is getting support in the country.

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