Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said Congress support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) cannot be ruled out if the coming elections throws up another hung assembly.
The party, however, distanced itself from Dikshit’s comment, saying it was her personal opinion.
“We had given outside support to AAP to form a government after the assembly election over a year back. I cannot rule out supporting the AAP if a similar situation arises after the polls,” Dikshit told news agencies.
“Any decision on the party’s strategy depending on the outcome of the election will be taken by the top leadership,” she said.
She said there was no question of supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and if a situation arose for extending support to the AAP to form a government, then the party will take a call after analysing the post-poll situation.
“If there is a hung verdict, I think efforts will have to be made to install a government so that people of Delhi are not put through another election. We cannot support the communal BJP,” she said.
The Congress had extended outside support to AAP to form a government after the 2013 assembly election. The Congress had won eight seats while AAP had won 28 seats. The BJP had been victorious in 31 seats.
“Congress has nothing to do with AAP and the question of supporting them doesn’t arise,” said Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Arvinder Singh. “AAP and BJP are two sides of the same coin and both are being run by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Congress has nothing to do with any such organisation,” he said. “The Congress is going to form the government in Delhi,” he said.
Reacting to Dikshit’s comments, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Sheilaji’s statement imp. Cong has conceded defeat. People should not waste their vote now by voting for Cong. They should vote for AAP. Now Del elections are a straight bipolar fight.”
In a statement, Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said that after this statement it becomes clear that all through AAP has been a B team of Congress. He said that the statement is an indicator of conceding defeat.