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AAP is not a threat to BJP: Amit Shah

Lucknow: Amit Shah, the BJP's general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, Thursday said there was no need to fear the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).The fact that the Bharatiya Janata Party won 72 percent of the
IANS January 10, 2014 12:27 IST
IANS
Lucknow: Amit Shah, the BJP's general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, Thursday said there was no need to fear the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

The fact that the Bharatiya Janata Party won 72 percent of the seats in the recently concluded assembly polls in four states was an indication that the party was gaining popularity across the country, Shah told reporters after wrapping up a three-day-visit to the state.

Asked about the findings of a survey by an English daily in which 40 percent voters in metros chose AAP as their party of choice for the Lok Sabha polls, Shah said he saw no challenge as such, but added that the BJP did not take its political opponents lightly.

On the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) warning the BJP not to underestimate the AAP, Shah said he was not aware of any such advisory.

Shah, a close aide of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, also said his party would contest all 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh and would not go for alliances with any regional party.

The BJP would field "clean candidates" who have no graft or criminal charges against them, he said.