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Congress hits out at AAP, says it's running away from responsibilities

Dec 14, 2013 04:35 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Congress on Friday hit out at the Aam Aadmi Party over its reluctance to form the government in Delhi. In a direct attack at the debutant party over the political crisis in Delhi, Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely said AAP was running away from responsibilities by putting conditions for support. Lovely insisted that Congress has given unconditional support to AAP.

Haroon Yusuf, who was also present at the press meet, said that AAP is making a mockery of democracy by not forming the government.

Both Congress and the BJP have offered support to AAP to form the government in India's only city-state. Despite this, AAP has been reluctant to take the support as both the parties are 'tainted'.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Saturday met Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal and asked him to form the government whenever he gets the support of the majority in the 70-member Assembly. Kejriwal had sought 10 days time from the Lieutenant Governor to decide on a government formation in Delhi.

Kejriwal has also written letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her BJP counterpart Rajnath Singh and given a copy of the same to the Lieutenant Governor. He has asked both the parties to clear their stand on various promises AAP has made in its election manifesto. The party shall then seek the mandate of the people.

AAP has given seven days to BJP and Congress to respond on various issues raised by it in the letter and another three days for AAP to respond.

Kejriwal said the BJP has refused to stake claim in the government formation saying they do not have required numbers and does not want to indulge in horse-trading. He said, "BJP, the single largest party with 32 MLAs does not want to form a government as it fell short of form MLAs. BJP is thae master at engineering defection using power power and claimed that the going rate was about Rs 10 crore per MLA. But they do not want to indulge in horse-trading and it's a win for AAP."

Kejriwal also raised questions over unconditional support from Congress. He said, "Nothing is unconditional in politics and there must be some motives behind Congress' move."

The Congress party on Friday sent a letter to the Lieutenant Governor giving unconditional support to AAP to form a government in the national capital. Kejriwal said the party was surprised at the Congress' move and clarified that he has not sought their support. He said, "We are ready to form government but we have clarified that neither we will give or take anyone's support. We have prepared a letter on this and asked them to clarify their party's stand."

In the letters sent to both the Congress and BJP, AAP has listed 18 issues including Jan Lokpal Bill, corruption in Delhi government and MCD, water problem, high electricity bills, unauthorised colonies and also sought a probe into it.

Kejriwal said, "After Lokpal Bill is passed, we will investigate all cases of corruption against Congress and BJP. Are both parties be ready for that? We plan to convene a special assembly session at Ramlila maidan and we will pass the Lokpal Bill there."

He added that the party may be offering unconditional support but they have put conditions on them by asking them to clarify their stand on each issue.