Congress divided over support to AAP

Last Updated 24 December 2013, 13:59 IST

Divisions in Congress today came out in the open over its support to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to form government in Delhi with a senior AICC functionary saying that the decision was "perhaps not correct".

Party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi's remarks came a day after scores of Congress supporters held a demonstration outside the DPCC office in protest yesterday against the party's decision to extend outside support to AAP to form the government in Delhi.

Ever since AAP decided to form a government in Delhi with Congress support, the leaders of Congress have been repeatedly emphasising that their support to AAP is not unconditional.

Sections in the party view that supporting AAP, which is hitting out at Congress day in and day out and threatening to book its leaders and ordering probes against them, makes the party look poor in peoples' eyes.

Moreover there is a view that Congress was caught napping as the leaders, who favoured supporting AAP to form government, were of the belief that Kejriwal will avoid staking claim to power.

Reflecting the unease within the party over the move to support Arvind Kejriwal's party Dwivedi said, "There is also an opinion that perhaps the decision to support AAP in this manner was not correct. Some people feel this."

A senior party leader said that even if Congress had to support AAP, it should have done like the Left did for UPA I forcing its say in programmes and policies of the government.

"Their argument is that Delhi voters have not given their support to Congress to the extent that even the Leader of Opposition will not be from Congress party. We were placed at the third position. Perhaps, it would have been appropriate for Congress to say that it is not our responsibility to form or not form a government.

"Voters did not expect this from us. Whoever has to form a government should  do it with support from whomsoever they want to. We will keep playing the role of an opposition in the limited circumstances and will keep raising our voice against people's problems, for development works and wherever there is any injustice. We will keep playing our role as a responsible party," Dwivedi said.

The Congress General Secretary, however at the same time said, "Since now a proposal (to support AAP) has already been made, we have to carry on with that as well. Perhaps we will have to find out a middle path."

(Published 24 December 2013, 13:59 IST)

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