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NEW DELHI: The new Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has changed the political discourse in India by making corruption as its main plank and routing the ruling Congress in the just concluded Delhi assembly elections, is the new `cattle class’ for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Senior BJP leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra on Saturday called the Aam Aadmi Party a bunch of “animals relocated by a tsunami.’’
Displaying the arrogance that characterizes both the Congress and the BJP, Malhotra – who has been never known for his political sagacity – said, “Not even a single person (in the Aaam Aadmi Party) has any political experience. They are just like animals relocated by a tsunami.’’
Since the Aam Aadmi Party has made inflated consumer electricity bills as its top poll plank, Malhotra said, “How can they ask people not to pay the electricity bills? This is not a way to protest. It seems that the AAP do not believe in constitutional laws or democracy. Such a party cannot govern a state.’’
With Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal set to form the next government in Delhi with the outside support of the Congress Party, Malhotra said, “On the one hand, Arvind Kejriwal kept saying that he is not going to take the support of Congress, after swearing on his children, and now there are talks that the AAP might take their support. No decent man would do that.’’ Earlier, former BJP president Nitin Gandkari had called the Aam Aadmi Party the party of Maoists.
The term `cattle class’ became famous after Shashi Tharoor, the current minister for human resource development, tweeted in September 2009 that he is ready to travel “cattle class out of solidarity with all our holy cows.” By `cattle class,’ he meant economy class. But his remarks created furore in India. The remarks came after the then finance minister Pranab Mukherjee urged austerity by Congress leaders and ministers in view of the drought in many parts of India.