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AAP hits back, claims Congress, BJP ‘scared’ of facing Assembly elections

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An AAP poster on an auto-rickshaw in the capital on Sunday. (Amit Mehra) An AAP poster on an auto-rickshaw in the capital on Sunday. (Amit Mehra)

Hours after Congress president Sonia Gandhi attacked the Aam Aadmi Party and its 49-day government in Delhi, the AAP on Sunday went on the offensive, alleging that she was trying to “hide” her party’s “open alliance” with the BJP on February 14 — the day the Jan Lokpal Bill was taken up in the Delhi Assembly.

While Gandhi took on the AAP, saying that running a government was no child’s play as it was seen in Delhi, the AAP alleged that “it was the open alliance between the Congress and the BJP, which did not let the AAP government implement its agenda”.

In an official statement, the AAP said, “It was the Congress which joined hands with the BJP in the state Assembly and in full public view its MLAs were shouting that they have a total strength of 40 MLAs in the 70-member House and therefore this Bill cannot be introduced.”
In a counter-attack, the AAP said the Congress president had chosen to “harp on her party’s specialisation of running a government at all costs, whether through horse trading or defection of MPs/MLAs”.

It further alleged that the Congress was “hiding behind the shield of President’s rule (in Delhi) and denying the voters their right to elect a new government”.

Earlier, on Sunday, the party had brought up the issue of fresh Assembly elections in Delhi, alleging that both Congress and the BJP were “running scared of facing Assembly elections in Delhi”.

“Do these political parties want the people of Delhi to be denied the right of having a democratically elected state government? Do they want fresh Assembly elections in Delhi or not?” the AAP said in a statement.

The party also alleged that the Congress and the BJP were “running away” from answering questions on gas pricing and the Delhi High Court order on foreign funding — stating that the two parties “appear united in diverting attention from the real concerns to frivolous issues”.
On the natural gas pricing issue, the AAP statement asked if the Congress wanted to double the price and if the BJP wanted to increase the price four times.

It questioned the silence of both parties on foreign funding and asked if the they were planning to give back crores of rupees which they had received as foreign funds from unknown sources since the court had termed them as illegal.

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