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Cong clarifies to AAP: ‘We didn’t offer unconditional support’

The Congress also clarified that it had not offered 'unconditional' support.

Two days after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal asked the Congress and BJP to clarify their stands on 18 issues,the Congress,in its reply sent on Monday,said while 16 issues don’t require the support of the Delhi Assembly,the remaining two are outside its purview. The Congress also clarified that it had not offered “unconditional” support.

“In our letter,there is no mention of giving unconditional support. We have spoken about giving outside support which means that we will not be a part of the government’s cabinet… We want Delhi to have an elected government and not be burdened unnecessarily. It’s not possible for us to support BJP,which is why we had offered to support your party,” said AICC general secretary in charge of Delhi Shakeel Ahmed in his letter to Kejriwal.

He pointed out that of the 18 issues raised by the AAP,16 are administrative decisions — to be taken by the Chief Minister and the cabinet — and don’t involve the legislature. “Once the government is formed,the permission of the Delhi Assembly is not required for these decisions,” said the letter.

The remaining two issues — the Jan Lokpal Bill and full statehood of Delhi — are outside the purview of the Delhi Government,it said. “As per legal procedures,if you wish to amend (the Delhi Lokayukta Act) and if this amendment is constitutional and doesn’t violate any central law,then we will support you,” said the letter.

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The BJP,on the other hand,has decided not to reply to the letter. “The AAP should have told the Lieutenant Governor in two lines whether it wants to form government or not. Why this drama of listing points to seek support? Congress has offered its support,why then do they need our assurance of support on issues they have listed? We have said we do not want to form government and we will not reply to the letter,” said Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel.

Sources said the BJP has decided to target the AAP on wider political issues to “expose their political grandstanding”. ”They are no longer a movement for one cause. They are a political party which should answer questions on various issues,whether it is reservation or communal violence or other political issues,” said a party leader.

Party leaders,at a meeting held yesterday,were learnt to have widely agreed that AAP is “ideologically far apart” from the BJP and “closer to Congress”.


Meanwhile,the AAP has called a meeting of its political affairs committee on Tuesday to discuss the responses of the Congress and BJP. “We will discuss the letter from the Congress and the BJP reaction… Only then will we formally comment on it,” said Ashwathi Muralidharan,media coordinator for the party.

First published on: 17-12-2013 at 02:51:50 am
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