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AAP faces first roadblock as Congress mulls withdrawing support

Dec 24, 2013 11:23 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Less than 24 hours after agreeing to form the next government in Delhi with Congress support, Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party have already hit their first roadblock. A section of the Congress is calling for a rethink on the offer of support.

"Some members of the Congress party do not agree with the decision to support AAP. Perhaps the Congress party should sit in the Opposition and address the problems of the people in that manner," said Congress general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi.

This comes as Kejriwal has also run into trouble over Cabinet formation. Kejriwal and team were busy trying to sort out resentment by one of its MLAs over Cabinet formation.

According to reports, AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny, a former Congressman, has already expressed his unhappiness for being left out of the Kejriwal Cabinet. However, the party has tried to downplay reports of infighting.

"I am not aware that Binny is upset. We spoke, and no such thing was mentioned," said AAP leader Manish Sisodia.

Kejriwal's Cabinet includes former journalist Manish Sisodia, IIT graduate and lawyer Somnath Bharti, former journalist and activist Rakhi Birla, Girish Soni, architect Satyendra Jain and engineer Saurabh Bhardwaj.

"We are a new party. People must be patient and give us time to fulfill our promises," Saurabh Bhardwaj said.