BJP fears AAP victory in Punjab can hurt in Gujarat
AAP's gains outside the national capital will be a big headache for the saffron party
The BJP is aware that it doesn't stand a chance in the elections to the Punjab Assembly, according to party leaders who didn't want to be named
On condition of anonymity, a prominent BJP leader told Narada News that the party may come third in the Punjab polls, after the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress. The BJP considers AAP a serious threat and the saffron party will not be happy if AAP is elected to power.
BJP sources said the party can even manage if arch rival Congress comes to power, but they don't want to see Arvind Kejriwal's party doing well anywhere outside Delhi. As elections in Gujarat are round the corner, AAP's gains outside the national capital will be a headache for the saffron party.
AAP has already started its political campaign in Gujarat, the Gujarat Azadi Andolan, which is over two months long and will end on March 23. With Patidar reservation leader Hardik Patel coming on board Shiv Sena as its chief campaigner, the race for the 182-seat Gujarat Assembly maybe more than a easy canter for the ruling BJP.
Congress strategist Prashant Kishor has said his party will win 68 to 70 seats in Punjab. Party leader Shobha Oza expressed confidence and said they are going to win this election.
"I have been campaigning in Punjab for the party. We are fully confident that we will win in this election," she told Narada News.