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Anti-Congress posters: AAP should stay away from such politics say analysts
These days on the roads of Delhi one can easily spot auto-rickshaws carrying Aam Adami Party's poster which says, 'Is baar bhi diya beimaano ko vote toh mahilao ka hota rahega balatkaar' - if you vote for the corrupt this time also, rapes will continue to occur. The poster describes the Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit as dishonest and AAP's president Arvind Kejriwal as an honest politician.

From the day the posters were out in public, the offended Congress has described the posters by the AAP as a new low in politics. Slamming the AAP, it said that it is an attempt by Kejriwal to get attention. "If you want to politicize the rape issue then do it but do not trivialize it. No one has done politics on such a low level," said Pawan Khera, political secretary to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, reported NDTV.com.

Arvind Kejriwal in an open letter defended his party's posters, and said that there is a "fear psychosis" among the people, especially women, in Delhi. He has slammed the Dikshit government and the city's police for having done nothing to allay those fears.

Professor of Political Science at Delhi University Dr. Ashok Acharya while speaking to this citizen journalist said that the posters are neither in good taste nor in bad taste. He also said that such a campaign will not help AAP in a substantial way.

If it is not in poor taste, it is also not in good taste. They tried to bring about an equation between violence against women and corruption. Though they are linked somewhere but it is not the only explanation. But at least it is a plausible explanation as to why violence against women takes place. I wouldn't it call it a new low in the politics but at the same time this campaign doesn't really help the Aam Adami party much,” Dr. Ashok Acharya, who teaches Political Science at DU told this citizen journalist.

Aam Adami party is targeting women voters specifically with this poster campaign. The records also show that crime against women is on the rise in Delhi - especially of cases of rapes. Corruption increases crime, there is no doubt in it. And rapes are also one of the forms of crime. The slogan raised by the Aam Adami Party doesn't look illogical. Sonia Gandhi and Delhi chief minister claim that they have taken various measures to ensure the safety and security of women in Delhi. AAP leaders would have thought that this slogan is best to counter this claim made by the Congress leaders,” said Avadhesh Kumar, political analyst.

Dr. Acharya advised the Aam Adami Party not to involve in such type of politics, and rather concentrate on showing plausible and feasible alternatives which work for the common man.

My suggestion is that they should show plausible and feasible alternatives to the people, how they can stir the economy and what strategy they would take up to have a viable alternative. So I think the onus is now on them to not engage themselves in such negative campaigning, but to show what is that positive agenda they have on table. They should actually build up from the ground i.e. what are the real feasible alternatives they are talking about which work for the Aam Adami,” added Dr. Acharya.

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