Ahmedabad: Arvind Kejriwal, the national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), made an appeal to the electorate of Gujarat on Monday, ''not to waste their votes'' on the Congress and instead vote for the AAP, saying his party was in a direct contest with the ruling BJP.
After landing in Ahmedabad, Kejriwal continued to assert that the Congress will only win four or five seats in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly during the elections scheduled for December 1 and 5. In Gujarat, the BJP has held the reins of power for 27 years. This time, the Kejriwal-led AAP has been running a loud campaign to position itself as the major opposition to the BJP by consistently emphasising that the Congress is lagging behind.
The AAP has already made public the names of its 178 candidates.
"I predict that the Congress will receive 4-5 seats and its vote share will drop below 13%. After arriving in Ahmedabad, Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal told reporters that the AAP and the BJP are directly competing.
He urged the "hardcore voters" in Congress who still intended to support it to "not waste their votes" by doing so.
''They should vote for the AAP, which is offering hope to your children and your family,'' said Kejriwal. He asserted that as election day drew near, the Congress was utterly crumbling. Nobody will cast a ballot for the Congress, he said.
Kejriwal also asserted that there were two categories of voters in the state: those who disliked the BJP and did not want to support it because of their frustration with its "misrule" over the past 27 years. Others, he continued, "were angry with the BJP but disliked the Congress even more and were forced to vote for the ruling party out of helplessness."
He said, the AAP would receive support from the second group of voters, and the Congress is also shifting its support to the party.
Kejriwal is likely to stay in Gujarat for 2 days for election-related workd, as per an AAP functionary.