Congress slams AAP performance, conduct

Capital compromised: Party in no hurry to withdraw support to Kejriwal-led Delhi govt

The Congress on Tuesday slammed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for its “performance and conduct” but showed no serious signs of contemplating on withdrawing support to the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on the other hand, blamed the Congress for the “anarchic situation” created by the AAP, as Kejriwal’s street protest demanding action against policemen who refused to carry out a raid on an alleged drug and prostitution ring on a Delhi minister's directive last week entered its second day.

“We will not ally with Kejriwal both to become chief minister as well as a martyr,” a senior Congress leader said suggesting that the party will not rush to withdraw support.

This comes a day after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was learnt to have suggested party leaders at a meeting to adopt a wait and watch policy to see the AAP “getting exposed” in the next few months. “We are disappointed with their performance and conduct so far. They do not seem to be coming true to the expectations till now,” Congress spokesperson Randip Surjewala said.

The Congress supported the formation of the AAP government so that they could work for the welfare of the people as they had promised, he maintained.

“They are behaving in an anarchic and unconstitutional manner. Being in the government, it is their duty to follow the Constitution. Therefore, they need to review their policy and conduct so far,” he added.

The Congress, however, remained non-committal on when the party will review its support to the AAP if they continued to create anarchy. “The party will take an appropriate decision at an appropriate time,” Surjewala maintained.

Meanwhile, the BJP lashed out at both the parties, accusing them of working under a tacit understanding.

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said: “This is a joint operation by the AAP and Congress which has led to an anarchic situation in Delhi. Both have reasons for doing this.”

Javadekar described the AAP’s street protest as a “diversionary tactic”, alleging Kejriwal wanted to duck questions about the action he had promised to take against corrupt ministers of the previous Sheila Dikshit government.

“Kejriwal has launched this agitation to save the indicted ministers. Last year he ran away from Anna Hazare's agitation at Jantar Mantar saying nothing will be achieved by it and we should come to power. Now that he is in power he is saying let us take to the streets. This is just a diversionary tactic. The AAP is engaging in this drama as it is looking for an excuse to get out of power,” Javadekar said.

The Congress, however, dismissed the BJP’s charge by saying, “There is no battle of one-upmanship between the Congress or the UPA or the AAP government.”

Also, the BJP took serious exception to Kejriwal’s remark on Republic Day celebrations, saying he was speaking the “language of Maoists”.

“Today Kejriwal has said Republic Day celebrations is nothing but a procession of floats. This is an insult to the nation, to the people and the defence forces,” Javadekar said.

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