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Congress assures support to Aam Aadmi Party govt

Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 4:35pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

Scotching all speculation,Congress on Thursday assured AAP that it will support the new government in Delhi in public interest.

Speaking on the confidence motion moved by the government in the Delhi assembly, Congress' state chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said the party could give the support even for full five years if AAP government worked in the interest of the people.

"Kejriwal ji, you keep making statements frequently that the government could go in 48 hours. I assure you today that as long as you keep taking decisions in the interest of people of Delhi, there is no threat to your government.

"And should the need arise, we will support you for full five years so that you can give a good government...as long as we feel that decisions that you take will not halt development and there is no sense of injustice to the state, we will keep supporting you.... Our party's support will be there for you in whatever decision you take for development and in the interest of people," he said.

The Congress leader said that his party supported the government to avoid forcing another election on the people of Delhi.

Lovely, however, at the same time attacked the government over its recent decisions on enlarging the subsidy on power and free supply of water saying it was the House that can decide on shifting subsidy from one head to another and not the government.

"You are new to the government. The officials should have briefed you properly. The earlier budget had approved certain subsidies and that cannot be changed now. The House should have been involved. You have to fix accountability on the officials who misled you," Lovely told the Chief Minister.

He also wondered what promises the government will put on hold if it decides to give subsidy worth Rs 1300 crore.

Though caveating his response by saying that Congress does not want to begin its support to AAP on a negative note, Loverly said that even the free water decision of Government will not reach the intended beneficiaries and alleged that "water has become costlier" for Delhiites on the contrary.

He also told Kejriwal that his government should take "tough measures" against corruption irrespective of persons and departments concerned and that Kejriwal could definitely stumble upon it if MCDs ruled by the BJP are probed.

"When Kejriwal had talked about corruption of Delhi government, he had talked about MCDs as well. Something will be found out in Delhi government or not, it will definitely be found out in the MCDS," Lovely said.


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