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Congress reconsidering support to Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP govt?

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 09:14

Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava

New Delhi: With Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal refusing to budge and continuing his protest demanding action against some Delhi policemen for alleged dereliction of duty, the Congress on Tuesday warned that it may reconsider continuing its support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi.

The Congress leadership has slammed the Delhi Chief Minister for sitting on dharna and said that AAP`s countdown had begun, said reports on Tuesday.

"A wrong message has gone among the people with the step that Kejriwal and his party took. I think their countdown has begun. People do not like this," Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal was quoted as saying.

Criticising the Kejriwal-led party, the Congress said that the manner in which AAP leaders had conducted themselves in the last few weeks in government raised serious questions.

"In the last ten days, AAP has shown singular incapacity to govern. If it continues like this, Congress will have to reconsider support for AAP," Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh was quoted as saying.

Congress leaders asked question as to who would be responsible if Delhi faces any law and order problem? Who would run the government if the Chief Minister sat on dharna?

The party also accused Kejriwal of trying to shift responsibility by sitting on a dharna and blaming the Centre over non-cooperation.

"There is no concept of governance. We are a rule-based country and the human rights of women have been violated. There is no respect for law of the land. If people violate a law, they must be punished," Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma reportedly said.

Ramesh, who had earlier praised the AAP government, attacked the newbie, saying Kejriwal and his colleagues were an "embarrassment" and not "sober people" for governance.
Ramesh said no government could agree with their demand that Delhi Police should be handed over to the state government and a similar demand made by Sheila Dikshit in 1999 was turned down by then Home Minister LK Advani.

"No government can agree to handing over Delhi Police to state administration because of the peculiar nature of Delhi and the special importance Delhi has," he said.

The party said people had given power to AAP to bring changes through administration and not through agitation and procession.

The party, however, defended the decision to support AAP government, saying Congress`s support was not to any individual or any party but it responded to and respected the mandate of the people.
Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, who had dared Kejriwal to contest elections during Jan Lokpal agitation, asked AAP to contest Lok Sabha elections if it wanted to change laws as they are made in Parliament and not through dharnas on roads.

Singh justified the police action against the demonstration saying it was the responsibility of the police to maintain peace. "Will the police garland him if the honourable Chief Minister of Delhi wants to sit on a dharna without permission, which can disrupt peace," he asked.

The face-off between Delhi Police and the three-week-old Delhi government erupted after Delhi`s Law Minister Somnath Bharti accused some officers of not taking action against an alleged sex-and-drug racket involving some Ugandan nationals.

The issue escalated into a near diplomatic row after a group of Ugandans and Nigerians accused Bharti and AAP volunteers of misbehaviour.

Kejriwal vehemently defended Bharti.

First Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 09:14

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