Cong-AAP Deal before Polls: BJP
By Express News Service & Agencies | Published: 19th December 2013 01:40 AM |
The Opposition BJP on Wednesday accused the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress of hoodwinking the electorate by entering into a tacit understanding with each other in the run-up to the recent Delhi Assembly polls.
And the BJP CM candidate Harshvardhan said,”the party (the AAP) had acted like an ally of the Congress during the elections because the Congress and the (Sheila Dikshit-led) Congress Government had information that they were going to lose the elections due to spiralling prices and corruption.”
“Why is Leader of the AAP Legislature Party, Arvind Kejriwal and his advisers changing their stance again and again and misleading the people whereas they could have made their stand clear on forming the government,” he told reporters at the state BJP headquarters.
According to Vardhan, the people should remember that the AAP had contested the elections on an anti-Congress and anti-BJP plank. But after securing 28 seats in the polls, the AAP declared that it will not cooperate with either the Congress or BJP in forming the government.
Subsequently,”the AAP had changed its agenda at the instance of the Congress. It was also alleged that the AAP top brass were now saying that the party will take a final call on government formation only after ascertaining the views of the public.
As for the Congress’ willingness to extend support to an AAP Government, Vardhan said it was meant to bolster the party’s image. And he added that the Congress will certainly pull the plug at a later stage even if the AAP were to form the government.The BJP leader also demanded that the AAP should clarify its stand on the following points:
Why is Kejriwal playing hide and seek and not telling the people when he will form the government?
Why did Kejriwal form the AAP despite the opposition from his guru and social activist Anna Hazare?
As for the BJP, it had politely told the Lt Governor that the poll mandate required it to sit in the Opposition. Since it respects
the will of the people and also wants to ensure probity in politics, it will not resort to horse-trading to add up the numbers. In contrast to the AAP, which wrote a letter to defame the BJP, the main Opposition party had taken a clear stand on the issue right from day one, according to Vardhan.
Kejriwal Comment on BJP Charge
On the possibility of the AAP forming the government in Delhi by taking outside support, Kejriwal said, “One section of my party wants us to form the government in Delhi.”
“I am personally not comfortable with the idea of forming government with any party.
(However),we will make the announcement on government formation on Sunday night,” he added.
Meanwhile, with the AAP seeking to elicit views of people over the formation of government in Delhi, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday rubbished the exercise as “farcical” and appealed to people to be aware of the “escapists”.
“This whole exercise is a ‘nautanki’ (drama). Even though the Congress has agreed to support the Aam Admi Party unconditionally, Kejriwal is not ready to form government in Delhi,” party president Uddhav Thackeray said in an editorial in mouthpiece ‘Saamna’.