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Aam Aadmi Party forms government in Delhi: Scams again on the back burner

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 - 7:51am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA
The new government is neither likely to focus on corruption of its predecessor nor launch a witch-hunt against the Congress and BJP leaders as it wants to first implement schemes related to the common man in the little time it has in power.
  • Manit Balmiki DNA

It was corruption issues like the alleged 2G spectrum allocation and the Commonwealth Games scams that helped Aam Aadmi Party leaders strike a chord with Delhi’s masses. But will the AAP government be able to go after former chief minister Sheila Dikshit and her colleagues over alleged corruption in the CWG is a tough question for the party to answer.

If sources in the AAP are to be believed, their government will first focus on taking positive steps and tackling issues that would provide immediate relief to the people rather than go witch-hunting of the leaders.

“Our immediate priority would be to tackle issues like water availability, high electricity tariffs, ending VIP culture, Jan Lokpal and Swaraj,” a senior AAP leader told dna.

Sources said that the AAP government would first try to do something for people rather than immediately opening inquiry against Congress leaders as they know people have high hopes from them.

“We would have never formed government with the Congress party’s outside support but we did it because people of Delhi wanted immediate relief. We are not sure of the duration of their support.

They have already changed unconditional support to issues-based one,” the leader said.

He explained that they don’t want to be seen indulging in negative politics.

Party leaders admit that their campaign has been against corruption but their first step would be to ensure ushering in of new steps and systems. “Thus the chances of inquiry being ordered into CWG scam in the first month time are a little low,” the leader added. 

However, the Congress that has reluctantly agreed to support the AAP to save itself from decimation in case of re-election, is also jittery of the AAP’s actions as the party has been surprising one and all with their unconventional decisions.

Many Congress leaders are feeling edgy. Many leaders dna spoke to said they would give AAP six months to prove itself.  But there are others who say that the support may be even more short-lived, if the government starts a witch-hunt and goes after Congress leaders who were in power until early this month.

Dikshit on Monday reportedly conveyed these feelings to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and explained the pitfalls of supporting the AAP. It is learnt that the Congress leaders fell in line to lend crutches to the AAP at the insistence of Sonia Gandhi and the party’s elected legislators who were apprehensive of re-elections.

Party sources confided in dna that Sheila Dikshit had vehemently opposed support to the AAP till last minute, but relented after finding herself in minority at the meeting chaired by Sonia Gandhi.

She expressed her apprehensions but she was assured that one wrong step by Kejriwal against her and the Congress will rush to the Lt Governor to withdraw support.

The AAP has only 28 MLAs as the second largest party after the BJP (32) in the 70-member Delhi Assembly and as such it needs continuous support of the Congress. “It’s up to Kejriwal as to how long he wants to remain the CM,” a party leader said.

He said the party would keep Kejriwal in tenterhooks as much as he would make the Congress leaders shaky. The Lt Governor is bound to ask him to prove the majority on the floor of the House which he can’t, once the Congress pulls out, the Congress leader said.

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