Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said Congress must introspect on its support to the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi as as the largest pan-Indian party, it had the “responsibility to effectively counter developments and trends that hurt not just the country’s growth story, but also democracy.”
Asked if it was time the Congress reviewed its decision, Sharma told The Indian Express, “It is for the legislature party and leaders to reflect, seeing their (the AAP government’s) performance and conduct. I have no hesitation saying those who have no respect for rules or institutions or the constitution do not deserve to be in high offices.”
Finance Minister P Chidambaram had last month described the Congress’s decision to support Kejriwal’s government as “unnecessary”. “No decision was called for… We were neither voted to form the government nor voted to be the principal opposition party. So we should have just kept quiet,” Chidambaram told this paper.
Sharma said even though the eight-MLA Congress decided to support AAP, the fact was the people had refused it a mandate. “The point is we were not given the mandate… It’s tactical support given as these people were making ludicrous promises, to see that whether these promises can ever be delivered,” he said.
P Vaidyanathan Iyer