When BJP legislative party leader Harsh Vardhan tore into the AAP in the Delhi Assembly on Thursday,it was Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely who led the counter-attack. In a speech that lasted 20 minutes,Lovely launched a scathing attack on the BJP and even cautioned the AAP on its policies.
If there was any doubt in Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwals mind of support from the Congress,Lovelys opening remarks put it to rest. Kejriwalji,you keep saying that your government could fall in 48 hours. I assure you today that as long as you keep taking decisions in the interest of the people of Delhi,there is no threat to your government. Should the need arise,we will support you for the full five years. As long as your decisions will not stop development and there is no injustice,we will support you, he said.
Lovely said the Congress had decided to support the minority AAP government to avoid another election in Delhi.
The DPCC chief also countered Harsh Vardhans allegations that the Congress was a corrupt party. It is interesting that a party that includes leaders like B S Yeddyurappa,Nitin Gadkari and Bangaru Laxman is talking of corruption and probity in public life, Lovely said,drawing an acknowledgement from AAP MLAs.
And why limit this debate to corruption in the Delhi government? We should talk about the municipal corporations that the BJP rules. Jahan haath daloge,wahan corruption milega, he said.
His criticism did not stop with the BJP. With the AAP government taking major decisions regarding water and power,including hefty subsidies for both,Lovely had a word of caution.
I do not want to begin our support to the AAP on a negative note,but I must ask you not to take hasty decisions,even if you believe it is for the good of Delhi. The subsidy for water is well-intentioned but only five lakh people are beneficiaries,what about the remaining populace who do not have access to piped water? Lovely said.