Delhi Congress slams AAP, BJP for 'air-conditioned dharna politics' 

The Congress resolution also sought the attention of the chief Ministers who extended their support to Kejriwal.

Published: 19th June 2018 01:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th June 2018 01:16 AM   |  A+A-

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President Ajay Maken (File | PTI)


NEW DELHI: The Delhi Congress today accused the AAP and BJP of being involved in "air-conditioned dharna politics" at a time when people in the national capital were facing "water crisis" and air pollution issues.

In a meeting chaired by Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken, a resolution was passed that sought attention of the chief ministers who visited Delhi and extended support to their Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal.

"The resolution condemns the air-conditioned dharna politics of the Kejriwal government and the BJP leaders at a time when the city is facing acute water and power shortage, severe air pollution and sanitation crisis," Maken said.

The Congress resolution also sought the attention of the chief Ministers who extended their support to Kejriwal, he said.

"Kejriwal is trying to find an escape route from his non-performance in the last three and a half years, and the resolution appeals to the ruling parties at the Centre and Delhi to resolve the impasse at the earliest as the national capital has already suffered enough," he said.

Maken alleged that the AAP and BJP jostled on "superfluous issues" but helped one another on "core issues".

"The entire Anna Movement (started in 2011) was aimed at targeting the Congress. The BJP and the RSS were behind this movement and Kejriwal, through this movement, was responsible for bringing Narendra Modi and the BJP to power," the Delhi Congress chief said.

Kejriwal is now trying to "cover-up his governance failures" by "blaming" the administrative setup of Delhi and "non-cooperation" by the bureaucracy, Maken alleged.

Referring to the tussle between the AAP government and IAS officers after the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, he said, "Kejriwal never tried to reach out to the bureaucracy and assuage their feelings." The Congress resolution has also taken strong exception to the conduct of the BJP in Delhi.

"It is utterly shocking that the elected leaders of the BJP are answering Kejriwal's drama politics with their own theatrical performance," it said.

BJP legislators and its West Delhi MP are on a hunger strike at the chief minister's office in the Delhi Secretariat demanding that Kejriwal resume work and address water "crisis" in the city.

As Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's sit-in at the lieutenant governor's office entered the 8th day today, the Delhi government and its IAS officers showed signs of a thaw with both sides expressing readiness for talks to end the impasse.

The development came on a day the Delhi High Court virtually disapproved of the sit-in led by Kejriwal and asked the AAP government who had authorised such a protest even as Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who was on a hunger strike since June 13 at the LG's office, was taken to hospital after his health deteriorated.


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