Soon after Arvind Kejriwal tendered his resignation as the Delhi chief minister, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Haroon Yusuf sought to clear any doubts about the party’s intentions on supporting the AAP government.
Yusuf said if the Congress did not want the government function, the party would not have supported the appropriation bill brought by the government.
“If we had such an intention, the government would have fallen then itself,” Yusuf said. The CLP leader also pointed out that for the last week Congress MLAs had been expressing their support for the Jan Lokpal Bill “with the most stringent clauses” if only, it is passed constitutionally.
Referring to Kejriwal’s resignation and the ruckus in the Assembly, Yusuf said, “They came to the House with a game plan today. They allowed electronic media into the Assembly because they wanted Kejriwal to look like a martyr.”
He also blamed the Aam Aadmi Party for not meeting the expectations of the people of Delhi. He said the Congress had supported Kejriwal’s government “thinking he has some magic”.
Reiterating Yusuf’s statement about Congress supporting the Jan Lokpal Bill, Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said the Congress had passed the Lokpal Bill at the Centre, “so what possible reservation can we have in passing it in the state”?
“Ye kanoon banana chahte hainb, kanoon tod ke (They want to bring a new law by breaking the law),” Lovely said.
Meanwhile, BJP claimed that Kejriwal’s resignation was “scripted”.
Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel said, “All this was scripted so that he could contest the Lok Sabha elections.”
Goel said the government could have tabled the Bill Constitutionally or even strengthened the existing Lokayukta. “There was no need to hurry this,” Goel said.
He said a decision on the future course of action will be taken by the BJP on Saturday.