In no hurry to withdraw support to AAP, says Congress

Congress made it clear that it was in no hurry to reconsider its support to the AAP government in Delhi, but expressed disappointment over its functioning and also condemned the criticism by its minister Somnath Bharti of President Pranab Mukherjee’s speech on the eve of the Republic Day.

“While arriving at a decision (to support AAP), various factors were taken into consideration… it’s not that today we are extending support and tomorrow we will withdraw it.

“We do not decide such things in a light manner… We will keep patience,” senior Congress spokesperson Mukul Wasnik told reporters at an AICC meeting.

Wasnik stressed that Congress was aware of the situation in Delhi and would minutely observe the developments.

“No deadline as such has been given (to AAP to fulfill the promises made in its manifesto). We gave them support to form the government because we wanted to avoid the burden of another election on the people of Delhi.

“Unfortunately, the speed with which they should have moved forward is not there,” Wasnik added.

Wasnik, meanwhile, refused to go into the controversy surrounding the expulsion of AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny, who today met the Delhi LG over issues which he claimed have not been addressed by the Kejriwal government.

Binny is learnt to have also demanded action against controversial law minister Somnath Bharti.

Wasnik, however, condemned AAP when it was pointed out that Bharti had criticized President Pranab Mukherjee’s “populist anarchy” remarks.

“Various statements keep coming from AAP. It is unfortunate that somebody makes such comments even on the President’s remarks. We strongly condemn this,” he said.

Bharti had referred to the President’s comments in a tweet in which he appeared to juxtapose the recent agitation by AAP in Delhi with the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 and the post-Godhra riots of 2002 in Gujarat.