Donít feel suffocated, join our ranks, Kejriwal tells Cong, BJP dissenters

AAPThe Aam Aadmi Party gathered at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday to celebrate its win in the Assembly polls. (IE: Prem Nath Panday)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday urged the people of the capital not to vote for the BJP in the event of a re-election. "To vote for the BJP in the next elections will amount to wasting your vote. The BJP cannot form a government despite winning 32 seats," he said, addressing a victory rally at Jantar Mantar.

Referring to talks of the Congress and BJP approaching AAP candidates for support doing the rounds, Kejriwal said the two parties should form an alliance with the AAP sitting in the Opposition.

Going a step further, he asked Congress and BJP leaders unhappy with their parties to join the AAP. "I invite all of you to join the Aam Aadmi Party. I want to tell members of the BJP and Congress who are feeling suffocated there, to join us," Kejriwal said.

After routing the Congress in Delhi, the AAP trained its guns on the grand old party's leadership, in particular Rahul Gandhi.

AAP leaders, addressing the rally, claimed if party leader Kumar Vishwas contested against Rahul in the Lok Sabha polls, people would vote for the AAP.

"Before the elections, a lot of people had told us that we will not be able to win a single seat... They told us that our party was a four-member party. Your hardwork has turned it into a 28-MLA party... If Kumar Vishwas contests elections against 'yuvraj' (Rahul), people will vote for us," party spokesperson Manish Sisodia, who won from Patparganj, said. His comments are an indicator of the AAP's plans for the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. "Kashmir se Kanyakumari tak, ab jhaadu chalegi," he said.

AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said, "Kanshi Ram used to say that the first elections are about getting defeated, the second about defeating others and the third one about winning. But within four months, all of you have made us jump these phases."

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