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Trust vote debate: Congress assures AAP of support, BJP questions their alliance

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 02, 2014
First Published: 15:10 IST(2/1/2014) | Last Updated: 16:02 IST(2/1/2014)

The Congress party on Thursday assured the Aap Aadmi Party (AAP) of its "total support" even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused Arvind Kejriwal of negating people's mandate by taking "corrupt" Congress' support to form the government in Delhi.

Newly-appointed Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Arvinder Singh Lovely assured the AAP that as long as they continue with their "good work for the people of Delhi", his party will continue to support them.

"Kejriwal ji you claim your government won't last more than 48 hours but we assure you we will support you for five years," said Arvinder Singh.

During the debate, he questioned the water and power subsidies offered by the Kejriwal-led government and asked the AAP not to take any decisions in haste as they will put a halt on developmental issues.

Read: Kejriwal faces crucial trust vote today, says 'we have no fear'

"The decision to free water will not benefit the needy," Lovely said. He said that water has not become cheaper but more expensive.

"How can you offer subsidy on power when budget for this financial year has been allocated already? How was subsidy allowed without assembly approval," the Congress leader questioned.

"Congress also provided subsidy, so how is AAP different from us then?"

Earlier, Harsh Vardhan, who was BJP's chief ministerial candidate, while speaking during the trust vote debate in the Delhi assembly, launched a scathing attack on AAP.

"The country wants to know what is AAP's reason behind joining hands with a party the people threw in the dustbin," said Harsh Vardhan.

Read: Delhi govt orders CAG audit of pvt power companies

He accused Sisodia and Kejriwal of misleading people of Delhi and questioned AAP leaders on their austerity drive.

He also accused AAP of running empty Metro trains just to prove a point on Saturday adding that the aam aadmi faced inconvenience because of it.

"Traveling in the Metro is nothing special, I too travel in the Metro and I am sure many other MLAs do as well," the BJP leader said.

The BJP leader raised questions over foreign funding to NGOs run by Kejriwal and Sisodia.

"We don't think we can and will support such a government as they have betrayed the people of this country," he said.

AAP's Manish Sisodia moved the motion of confidence in assembly where five-day-old Kejriwal government faces the crucial vote of confidence.

"We're here for development. We stand here to clean the politics of the country," said Sisodia.

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Sisodia said that the voters of Delhi have given his party moral majority and added that his government wants to end the VVIP culture in politics.

The voting on the motion will take place at 5pm.

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier said he is not worried about his government's fate when the assembly votes on the confidence motion.

"People have faith in us, we have no fear," said Kejriwal on the vote of confidence in the assembly.

AAP is expected to sail through with the help of the Congress despite the acrimony between the two sides.

While inviting the AAP to form the government, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had asked it to prove majority within a week.

Delhi is vital to AAP’s national designs as it can showcase its "achievements" in the Capital during the Lok Sabha elections due April-May. If the government falls, AAP can gain sympathy, blaming the Congress.

In the 70-member Delhi assembly the majority mark is 36. AAP has 28 members and the Congress, which has extended "outside support" to its government, has eight.

Lone Janata Dal (United) MLA Shoaib Iqbal and Independent MLA Rambir Shokeen, too, are expected to vote in favour of Delhi’s first minority government.

With 31 members, the BJP is the single largest party in the House.

Read: Kejriwal delivers on power promise to 'aam aadmi'


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