Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers laid siege to the city and declared amidst pitched street-fights with the city police that they do not mind being branded ‘anarchists’. But the Congress, which supports the Aam Aadmi Party Government in Delhi, predicted ‘the countdown has begun’.
It was a classic Catch-22 situation. The Congress actually did not know which way to look as the AAP supporters and the Chief Minister took law and order into their hands, threw the national capital out of gear, held up traffic, chased Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, paid no heed to Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and finally sat on dharna.
Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said: “The AAP is tying itself in knots – they are proving to everyone they are just agitators and not administrators.”
It was as if he was apologising on the AAP’s behalf. And, it was much like what the Congress used to say about West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee when she had alliance with the UPA, but would break every constitutional nicety, humiliating Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the process. The Congress appeared confused. The end seems to be nearing.
But, the Congress spokesperson claimed that the party’s support will continue. Parallel to this, a worried Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said: “These people are taking law and order into their hands. We’ve tried to explain to them there is a difference between running a protest and running an administration. But they do not seem to understand.” Lovely even lamented that the AAP was going against the Constitution which they upheld during the swearing-in ceremony.
Lovely has reasons to worry. The Congress senior leadership, P Chidambaram to be precise, has blamed the party’s Delhi unit for taking a wrong call in supporting the AAP.
Chidambaram has even said, the Congress which was reduced to an eight-member party in the Delhi Assembly should have just kept quiet. Chased by the AAP supports on his way to office, an angry Tewari called them ‘anarchists’ who only believe in ‘gimmicks’. Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, who was ticked off by his party seniors for praising the AAP, also had second thoughts. He said, “these people should realise that there’s poetry in protest, but administration is hard prose.” May be more, given the fact that the AAP has not only put the city administration under severe stress, it has also nearly ruined the country’s diplomatic relations with African nations.