Goel offer of ‘constructive support’ to AAP sparks row within BJP

Many BJP leaders spent the best part of Saturday explaining to the media and their partymen what was meant by the statement.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: December 15, 2013 1:37 am

Dissenting voices are gaining strength in the BJP after the party officially declared to extend “constructive support” to the Aam Aadmi Party to form the government in Delhi. Sources also said the RSS is upset by the what it perceives as “interference” on the BJP’s part in government formation.

According to a senior BJP leader,the stand that Delhi unit of the party took by issuing a statement extending “constructive cooperation” to the AAP has let the party down.

Many BJP leaders spent the best part of Saturday explaining to the media and their partymen what was meant by the statement.

While Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel spoke of constructive cooperation,the BJP CM candidate Harsh Vardhan said the party will play the role of “constructive opposition”.

With the AAP’s CM candidate Arvind Kejriwal sending out a list of 18 questions to BJP national president Rajnath Singh on Saturday,the party’s stand of extending “cooperation” has taken a beating. Many leaders now believe that the statement was a mistake in the first place.

“First we should put our house in order and then only issue statements like extending support to a party that does not even have the decency to deal with the elected representatives of the other parties. Our senior leaders are failing miserably in explaining this “constructive” word. Why are we extending support without even being asked? Many leaders are even going to the extent of advocating the idea of offering unconditional support to the AAP,” a senior BJP leader said.

However,those who have been elected MLAs for the first time believe that they too should get a chance to be in government — either in ruling or in opposition.

“Why should we not support the AAP? It will be a better way to expose the AAP as the party will fail in fulfilling its promises to the voters. We do not want the public to face the burden of another election. All we want is to give time to the AAP to prove itself wrong,” a BJP MLA said.

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