By 1pm today, Arvind Kejriwal will be sworn in as chief minister of Delhi along with six cabinet ministers. The Congress with eight MLAs in the assembly is offering outside support to the AAP government. But on the eve of his coronation, five of the eight were calling Kejriwal every name in the book, and some that are not.
It was a Zee News sting — the five Congress members of the legislative assembly were caught on camera calling Kejriwal a “monkey” and those who voted for AAP “half monkeys”.
The impression that these Congress MLAs gave was that the Congress would withdraw support to it, ASAP or whenever it would be right. For the Congress, that is.
“Arvind Kejriwal is a monkey and those who have voted for him are half monkeys,” said Jaikishan, Congress MLA from Sultanpur Majra while speaking to undercover reporters of Zee media.
“The fool that Kejriwal is, someone like me will throw a shoe at him in the assembly. There is no way we will support any bill the AAP moves in the assembly,” he added, for good measure. The derision in the voice telling.
Hurling abuse at Kejriwal every third sentence he spoke, Jaikishan was speaking not just for himself but also for the Congress. At one point he called Kejriwal “impotent”. He said the plan was to let AAP run the government for a year or two and then throw the boot at it. “Kejriwal has said he will deliver on all AAP promises within six months, let’s see,” he said.
“We are supporting him only to destroy him. He doesn’t know the system,” said Asif Mohammad Khan, Congress MLA from Okhla. “We are giving him a chance so that he stands exposed in public, and the Aam Aadmi gets to know that all his promises were hollow.”
The tone and tenor of Hasan Ahmed, Congress MLA from Mustafabad, was no different. Asked about Kejriwal’s letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, which listed 18 issues that the AAP wanted the Congress to give its views on, earlier this month, Ahmed said, “We have no option but to support. However, if he puts an end to the MLA fund as he has said he will do, that will be the end of Arvind Kejriwal, too.”
The 18 issues include putting an end to VIP culture, audit of power distribution companies, bringing in a Jan Lokpal Bill and scrapping the MLA local funds scheme.
Congress MLA from Badli Devender Yadav was also caught in the sting casting aspersions on Kejriwal’s abilities. “I doubt if Kejriwal will be able to run a government for five years,” he told the undercover Zee News reporter.
Chaudhary Matin Ahmed, MLA from Seelampur, was to the point, bluntly saying that Congress support to AAP was nothing more than “drama”. “We are being ridiculed today but it will be total fun later,” said Ahmed.
Will AAP go to people for all decisions?
Speaking to dna, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Delhi president Vijay Goel dismissed the Aam Aadmi Party’s acknowledgement of public opinion before forming government as a publicity stunt and a waste of time.