There is a fear that AAP will not be able to form government because Congress has been changing its stance. Also, a faction of the party is also protesting over giving outside support to Kejriwal to form the government.
The arrogance that Aam Aadmi Party is holding against Congress even after its declared support has managed to move the circumstances against AAP again. While firmer CM Shiela DIkshit and other Congress leaders changed their stance from “unconditional support’ to “issue and policy based support”, senior party leader Janardan Dwivedi has declared that there is unease in a section of his party over the outside support extended by it to AAP.
Dwivedi said there was an opinion in the party that the decision to support AAP was perhaps not correct and it should have instead raised people’s issues as an opposition. Scores of Congress supporters held a demonstration outside the DPCC office in protest against the party’s decision to extend outside support to AAP and Arvind Kejriwal’s bid to form government.
“Their argument is that Delhi voters have not given their support to Congress to the extent that the party could win only eight seats and it has not even got the post of Leader of the Opposition. Perhaps, it would have been appropriate that we would have left it to others to form government whoever wanted it,” Dwivedi said.
The Congress General Secretary, whose voice matters in the party, at the same time said, “Since now a proposal (to support AAP) has already been made, we have to carry on with that as well. Perhaps we will have to find out a middle path.”
Ever since AAP decided to form government Congress leaders have been repeatedly emphasising that their support to AAP is not unconditional.
Giving in to the mounting pressure on them, AAP decided to form the party. But the tussle between Congress and AAP long before forming the government. Congress has already asked the party to set a deadline for the work that it will deliver. It has also said that it will withdraw support from the party in case it fails to deliver.
This makes the fear of AAP of Congress withdrawing support and making the government fall prematurely true. Worse, if the tiff keeps going, we may not be able to see Arvind Kejriwal even taking an oath in the Ramlila grounds.
It may well be defined as a setback for AAP, but for Congress, it will be death.