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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First Published on: January 20, 2014 3:20 am
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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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              Anup Mukherjee
              Jan 20, 2014 at 1:40 am
              One important thing which he says, and everybody will agree that Kejriwal has spoken hundreds of things against hundreds of persons. Now he should stop speaking and just do whatever he can.
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                Arya Sridhar
                Jan 20, 2014 at 1:39 pm
                This is why Congress is not the right party to pick, Mr Chidambaram said it was an unnecessary decision, since his party was not voted in or not voted enough to be the prinl opposition. What does this mean? when Mr Chidambaram says, it was an unnecessary decision to Support AAP? - It means, Congress wanted another poll, wasting the public money, Or going for a President' rule, which eventually would have led to a fresh poll. They did not feel from within that "why waste money and lets get on with AAP"...And the mention of local party leader decided to support AAP is purely misleading to the public...and if that is true - The point i mentioned above still is valid.
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                  Ashok Chavda
                  Jan 20, 2014 at 5:36 am
                  Asli feku to CM hai.
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                    Bahu
                    Jan 20, 2014 at 3:48 am
                    The Congress party will always speak in two voices. So not surp[rised that this defeated MP from Sivagangai says something different. Hopefully he cannot cheat his way into the Lok Sabha in 2014.
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                      Pradeep
                      Jan 20, 2014 at 3:29 am
                      PC says - "If there is material, take action,” But if there is No material? ...maybe that's why there's so much gas and no action! And where is Jan Lokpal Bill promised in 15 days... Isn't it too much of failed promises already?So far only allegations and Street Theatre is visible, nothing else. With Loksabha elections in a few months, constant harping will get louder, but It sounds so bogus now, but people are no fools everytime!
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                        Aam Aadmi
                        Jan 20, 2014 at 2:42 am
                        I am sure some action will be taken. Then you/your party stakeholders may not like it! Truth may be really bitter!
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                          G.Lakshminarayanan
                          Jan 21, 2014 at 5:08 am
                          Saner voice of PC! probably INC wanted to expose the incompetence of AAP to govern/administer the nation/ state, which is being witnessed right now ? blessing in disguise?
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                            Ravi Venkata
                            Jan 20, 2014 at 11:45 am
                            PC has mismanaged entire portfolio in Finance and home ministries. No accountability and made trillions in all scams. He has no moral right to criticize AAP.
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                              Ramakrishnarao Rebbapragada
                              Jan 20, 2014 at 1:18 am
                              Congress supported AAP to help democracy and give people of Delhi a government. Congress is not happy that AAP is trying to give a clean government, with cheaper electricity and free water. AAP is trying to gather evidence of Congress malpractices, from the ashes of the files burnt in Delhi secretariat. It would be easier if PC volunteers information about congress government's corruption.
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                                M S
                                Jan 20, 2014 at 5:05 am
                                With whatever decision, the congress took the decision, it now seems it is a blessing in disguise for the indian public. The public now knows very clearly what are the intentions of AAP, how selfish they, how were they lying in fulfilling its promises, how unlawful its law minister and other ministers are etc. The public will now not AAP to be voted to power anywhere. Thanks congress. No stopping NaMo now.
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                                  Satyameva Jayathe
                                  Jan 20, 2014 at 9:34 pm
                                  Series of lies. Lie 1. Delhi congress took decision : Reality is it was a ploy and decision was taken by Congress High Command. Lie 2. Daring to take action against corrupt politicians from both parties- Reality is that he is confident that CBI or Deli police or Compramised Lokayukta will go bent to save the corrupt politicians and businessmen. No one can be punished if these forces collude and hence AK is making big moves to bring Delhi police under Delhi govt and make some corrupt head roll, clean up Lokayukta, Bring Lokpal bill and then open the case so that there is a real chace of justice and putting these corrupt folks in the place they deserved to be
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                                    Mankuzhi Murali
                                    Jan 20, 2014 at 3:21 am
                                    In this case PC is right, the supporters for AAP in Congress was mainly Modi baitors, who never bothered about their own party fortune and the destiny of Delhi citizens and that group won in decision making. The lawbreakers who have no respect for Indian Consution and democratic system have been provided a chance by Congress to ruin Delhi, it seems. AAP can only create anarchy as they do not believe in rule of law of the country but only on the law they makes every day. For them except AAP every other political parties who are here since 1950 are demons. Better if Congress get rid of this mess later than never.
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                                      Mayank
                                      Jan 20, 2014 at 2:47 am
                                      OFcourse. You wouldn't want to support the decision to support AAP. AAP will start probing CWG and transport scams you have done in Delhi and send corrupts to jail. Sad affairs.
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                                        Mohan
                                        Jan 20, 2014 at 9:22 am
                                        Who is he trying to fool ? Local Delhi unit took the decision ? !!!!!!!!!!! Was the High Command sleeping the way it was in the ordinance case ?
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                                          Mohan Chandra
                                          Jan 20, 2014 at 3:12 am
                                          PC is hoping that the previous govt did a good job destroying material evidence.
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                                            Paul
                                            Jan 21, 2014 at 9:00 am
                                            If they had to give outside support for BJP it would have been a positive gesture that they were really interested to give Aam Admi good governance - the present situation shows they are only interested to sit in the CM chair - nowhere is Aam Admi present in their governing style except for some promises which don't seem to reach the really needy people !!!
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