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No Chance of AAP Emerging As BJP's Alternative: Irani

Claiming that AAP's journey has been full of contradictions, BJP Vice-President Smriti Irani today said she saw little possibility of its emerging as an alternative to her party in the next Lok Sabha polls, despite its spectacular debut.

"I think AAP is limited to only New Delhi. We have given stress to increasing our strength at the booth level and we are confident of winning majority single-handedly," Irani said when asked if AAP would eat into BJP's share of votes in the next Lok Sabha polls.

"I don't foresee it," was her curt reply when asked if AAP could become an alternative to both the Congress and BJP.

Irani, however, welcomed the rise of a new party as good for the health of democracy.

"If you look at them (AAP), they started off by saying all politicians are bad and now they themselves have turned into politicians. The contradictions in their journey have been quite evident.

"Now they shall be truly measured as how they serve the people after getting into office," she told newsmen here on the sidelines of a programme.

She denied AAP allegations that BJP was trying to poach on its MLAs. "I understand that there are certain political entities which thrive on sensationalism. When an editor asked AAP to present proof they evaded the question."

Reacting on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's dig at the BJP victory, Irani said, "He should look after his own state rather than making comment on us."

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