A day after President Pranab Mukherjee’s veiled criticism of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in his address to the nation, the party on Sunday said that it would carefully consider whatever he had said.
Ashutosh, a senior AAP leader and a journalist-turned politician, told reporters, “Whatever the President said, we don’t want to make comments in this regard as he is the first citizen of this country. If he has said something about us, we would carefully listen to him and consider it.”
In his customary address to the nation on Republic Day-eve, Mukherjee had said that populist anarchy could not be “a substitute for governance”.
Minutes after the address, AAP senior leader Yogendra Yadav had said the President’s speech was not about AAP. “I have full belief that President must have greater things in his mind. When he talks about anarchy, he looks towards the nation. He must be thinking about what is happening in Gujarat, Punjab and the entire country,” Yadav had said.
Meanwhile, BJP President Rajnath Singh welcomed President Pranab Mukherjee’s remarks on the need for a stable government at the Centre post 2014 elections.
Unfurling the national flag at the BJP headquarters on the occasion of the Republic Day, Singh said, “The President’s speech was good. I support his view that the country needs a stable government. I also welcome the President’s remarks on the issue of anarchist politics.”