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Kejriwal, AAP MLA deny rift, but question remains on Congress support

Dec 25, 2013 09:15 AM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party has played down reports of a rift over Cabinet berths. AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny, who had threatened to revolt against the party after he was denied a Cabinet berth, has now come out officially denying it all.

"They may be having a different role for me. My meeting with Kumar Vishwas was a routine meeting. We are not here to become ministers and CM. We are here to serve the country," Binny said on Wednesday.

"I have never said I am upset and I am not holding any Press Conference today," Binny added.

Kejriwal, too, denied the rift saying, "When Binny spoke to me he told me he does not want any position and wants to work for the nation. When we went to his place he said there is no issue. There is no problem."

Once a Congress leader, Binny joined AAP after participating in the Jan Lokpal movement. Binny is now a part of the 9-member political affairs committee of the Aam Aadmi Party.

On Tuesday, there were reports that Binny threatened to revolt against the party after he was denied a Cabinet berth. Reports also said that he will hold a press conference on Wednesday coming out with his stand. However, the issue seems to have been resolved for now.

But this doesn't end the trouble for AAP. The Congress is continuing to keep the Aam Aadmi Party on tenterhooks. Sources say that the Congress is rethinking giving support to AAP.

But Kejriwal has said he is not worried. "That is their problem not ours," he said when asked about Congress's rethink. Kejriwal said it is okay if the Congress wants to give issue-based support.

Congress's move may have been prompted after the Aam Aadmi Party maintained that it will probe corruption cases against Congress leaders, including former chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

The political uncertainty over Delhi deepened as Congress on Tuesday said that the party is divided over the outside support given to the AAP and some of its leaders feel that it would have been better if the party had sat in the Opposition. "The mandate was not for Congress, may be we should sit in the Opposition," party General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said.

"There is an opinion in the Congress that perhaps the decision to support AAP for government formation is not correct. Perhaps we should have played the role of opposition and raised people's issues," Dwivedi added.

Congress workers had on Monday protested at the party office in Delhi over its decision to give support to the AAP. The protesters raised slogans 'Anna ke sath dhokha, hum nahi denge Kejriwal ko mauka (Anna betrayed, we won't give a chance to Kejriwal) while demanding the immediate withdrawal of Congress support to AAP.

This even as the Congress had earlier offered unconditional support to the AAP in forming Delhi's next government.