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No unconditional support to AAP: Dikshit

New Delhi, Dec 23, 2013 (PTI):
Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit . PTI

Sheila Dikshit, whose 15-year-old reign was ended by Aam Admi Party in the Assembly polls, today made it clear that Congress support to it was "not unconditional".

Welcoming AAP's decision to form the government, she hoped the new party will be able to fulfil the promises made to people.

"We had said that we will give them outside support. The support is not unconditional. I congratulate them for deciding to form government and hope that they will be able to fulfil the promises they made to people of Delhi," Dikshit told reporters.

Earlier, AAP decided to form government in the city by taking outside support from the Congress. The party took the decision to form the government at a meeting of political affairs committee after analysing the results of the public referendum it had carried out in the last few days on the issue.

Dikshit said Congress will continue its support to AAP as long it delivers but expressed doubts whether the party will be able to fulfil all its promises like cutting power tariff by 50 per cent and providing 700 litres of free water daily to each household.

"We will support them as long they deliver. We already knew that it is not possible to fulfil the kind of promises they made," the three-time Chief Minister said.

"We are extending outside support. It is not unconditional. We are supporting them only for the policies they are talking about. If they can provide relief to the people of Delhi, it is well and good," she said.

The Congress was trounced by the AAP in the December 4 polls as it managed to win only eight seats in the 70-member assembly.

Dikshit was critical of AAP leaders as she accused them of using "uncivilised" language against the Congress even after it announced support to the new party.

"Their language is not good. It is uncivilised. We can criticise each other but the language should be civil," she said.

Congress General Secretary in-charge of Delhi Shakeel Ahmed said the party was with AAP.


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