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Salman rips ‘Jurassic’ party

New Delhi, Jan. 15 (PTI): The Congress today mounted its fiercest attack yet on the Aam Aadmi Party, with senior leader Salman Khurshid terming it “anarchist” and with “Jurassic” ideas that would destroy the system and having some of the “worst, stinking, third-grade” people across the country.

Khurshid’s criticism of the ruling party in Delhi was followed by another salvo fired by party colleague Sandeep Dikshit, who alleged that the AAP was not proactive in its response to the gang rape of a Danish tourist because she does not have a vote in the capital.

Khurshid, the external affairs minister, also claimed that the AAP was “not in the race” for the Lok Sabha polls and was “mistaken” if it thought so.

“They are Jurassic. They smell of anarchy. They just demean everything that has been time-tested. They ridicule anything. They question and demean anything... AAP is a real threat to our system. They are anarchist. They want to destroy the system. They are anarchist either by choice or by ignorance,” Khurshid told a television channel.

His remarks came a day after the Arvind Kejriwal-led party claimed over 10 lakh people had joined it in the last five days of its ongoing nation-wide membership drive.

“AAP has some of the worst, third-grade people across the country. I have been to districts where I have found that the worst stinking persons are the first to join AAP... they are lucky today because every stink is described as a fragrance...,” Khurshid said.

He also claimed that in the short span of 15 days since the AAP formed the government in Delhi, it had done enough “damage” to a sensible person’s perception about the party.

The Congress, which has eight MLAs in Delhi, is providing crucial outside support to the AAP government.

Attacking the AAP chief for his style of functioning, Khurshid said: “Kejriwal redefines rules... moves the goalpost every time he likes. This is not going to work in a nation like ours. The sooner he gets to discover what he is… what his limits are, the better it will be.”

Referring to the Danish woman’s rape, his party colleague Sandeep Dikshit said: “I think they (the AAP) also believe that she is not a woman who has a vote in Delhi.”

“So for them, it’s not girls or women who matter. It’s only people and their emotions as of that time that may get them votes in Delhi,” the Congress MP from east Delhi said.

Congress MLA Haroon Yusuf said it was difficult to understand what was going on inside the AAP because of contradictory statements from party leaders.