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Congress was split on backing AAP… it was an unnecessary decision, says Chidambaram

"We were neither voted to form the government nor voted to be the principal opposition party," he said.

New Delhi | Updated: January 20, 2014 8:44 am
said the decision to support the AAP without any conditions was taken by the party’s local unit in Delhi. (PTI photo) said the decision to support the AAP without any conditions was taken by the party’s local unit in Delhi. (PTI photo)

Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram said on Sunday that the Congress’s decision to support the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi was an “unnecessary decision”. 

In an interview to The Indian Express, he said opinion was divided within the Congress on whether it should offer outside support to the AAP. “I think it was an unnecessary decision. No decision was called for. We had eight seats and were reduced to third place. We were neither voted to form the government nor voted to be the principal opposition party. So we should have just kept quiet,” he said, adding that this was his view.

He said the decision to support the AAP without any conditions was taken by the party’s local unit in Delhi. “Whether it was the right decision or otherwise, time will tell. But let me reiterate that opinion was divided within the party on whether we should offer outside support to AAP,” he said.

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the government has started examining the 2010 Commonwealth Games files and action would be taken against corrupt officials and politicians, Chidambaram said, “Kejriwal has made hundreds of allegations against hundreds of people. If the Delhi government has material to take action against anyone — politician or a civil servant — they should simply take action. Why constantly speak about it.”

He said both former CM Sheila Dikshit and Delhi PCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely had welcomed any action. “So why constantly harp on it. If there is material, take action,” he said.

P Vaidyanathan Iyer

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    HABERFIELD
    Jan 20, 2014 at 3:17 am
    BIG MISTAKE HOW ABOUT THE BIGGEST MISTAKE IN THE HISTORY OF THIS NATION JUST TO SHOW THAT CONGRES ALSO RULED DELHI WITH AAP WITH NO VOICE AS IT HAD BEEN DEFEATD IN OTHER SATES SPECIALLY RAJHASTAN WIPED OUT.
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      ajit
      Jan 21, 2014 at 11:38 am
      Congress party has done grate decesion (even if UN-intentionally) to support the AAP government, so that we people now (at least now) realized that AAP is the great threat to not only delhi, but for India's stability and safety of all women. Now they are saying there minister will decide who is guilty as if like British rule.
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        Arvind
        Jan 20, 2014 at 6:50 am
        He is back tracking. Exactly as AAP predicted
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          Guest
          Jan 20, 2014 at 4:45 am
          Why you are saying it now?
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            Guest
            Jan 20, 2014 at 5:58 am
            Rightly said .... The AAP is making fools out of themselves ...stead of delivering proper governance, they are still campaigning & playing blame games to attract media... what a shame..They should have never formed the goverment... Delhites just gave way for their talk
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