AAP Gujarat candidate says 'drinking alcohol not bad', party distances itself

The AAP leadership has said it did not endorse the statements made by candidate Jagmal Vala at a public rally in Gujarat.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inducted Jagmal Vala (left) into the Aam Aadmi Party in May this year. (Photo: Twitter)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A video of candidate Jagmal Vala has gone viral on social media.
  • The AAP claims that the video has been edited and is being circulated by the BJP.
  • The BJP said AAP is promoting alcohol in Gandhi's Gujarat.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has drawn ire after a candidate they have fielded for the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections said there is nothing wrong with drinking alcohol and people should drink as much alcohol as they want.

A video of the candidate making these statements at a public gathering has gone viral on social media.

While the AAP leadership has said that it did not endorse the statements made by candidate Jagmal Vala from Somnath at a public rally, the BJP has taken a potshot at AAP claiming that this is the same party, which changed the liquor policy in Delhi. Jagmal Vala was previously associated with the BJP before he joined the AAP in May this year.

Jagmal Vala was addressing a public rally in Gujarat, where he made several statements about drinking alcohol.

"There are 196 countries in the world...There is freedom to consume alcohol everywhere. India has a population of 130 to 140 crore. Alcohol is consumed everywhere in India," said Vala.

"Alcohol is prohibited in Gujarat, which has a population of 6.5 crore. Alcohol is not bad... We should drink alcohol...but alcohol should not consume us. Even big doctors, IAS and IPS officers drink alcohol," said the AAP candidate.


AAP leader Yogesh Jadhvani alleged that the video has been edited and is being circulated by the BJP.

"The BJP should not talk about alcohol. Alcohol worth thousands of crores is sold in Gujarat. 100 people die in hooch tragedy. The BJP has forced Gujarat's youth to take refuge in intoxication. There is Gunda raj in Gujarat. The BJP cannot digest AAP's success in Gujarat."

Meanwhile, BJP senior leader Yamal Vyas said, "This is the same party which changed the liquor policy in Delhi. What happened with their Punjab CM, the whole world knows it. They are promoting alcohol in Gandhi's Gujarat. The AAP is an anti-Gujarat party. The people of Gujarat will never accept them."

There was a lot of uproar after several reports emerged claiming that AAP leader and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was deplaned at Frankfurt airport in Germany because he was drunk.

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