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AAP govt in Delhi will collapse soon: BJP

PTI  New Delhi, December 27, 2013
First Published: 18:27 IST(27/12/2013) | Last Updated: 19:55 IST(27/12/2013)

On the eve of Arvind Kejriwal's swearing-in as Delhi chief minister, BJP on Friday asked its newly elected MLAs to be prepared for "snap polls" in near future, stating that tenability of AAP government with Congress support looks extremely suspect.

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"The whole idea of a party professing clean politics aligning with the most corrupt political party in history is ridiculous. It will collapse under its own contradictions," Leader of BJP Legislative Party Harsh Vardhan told reporters in Delhi.

BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said that the new dispensation has started on a "shaky wicket" in view of the dissenting statements from Congress over support to AAP.

"There are several statements from the Congress leadership-- one says support as per manifesto, other says it is unconditional support and third say no, no, it is simple support.... So the beginning (of AAP) itself seems to be on a shaky wicket. We will watch them in the days to come," she told reporters in Jammu.

Taking a dig at AAP, she said it is the same party which had called all other political parties 'chor' (thief).

"Are they (AAP) happy going with them (Congress). I wish that they would not have called all the political parties 'chor'," she said.

Demanding that AAP and Congress come "clean" on the "deal" between them over government formation, Vardhan said Arvind Kejriwal led new government should start fulfilling its promise of starting inquiry into scams and corruption cases committed by the previous dispensation.

"People of Delhi also want to know the deal between AAP and Congress. The intention of the new government would soon become clear when it opens corruption cases against Congress," Vardhan said.

He demanded that the new government order a high-level and time bound enquiry into the "bungling" committed during the Sheila Dikshit regime.

"There are over two dozens scams. There are Commonwealth Games scam, Yamuna cleaning scam, DTC bus purchase bungling, power and water scam among many others. The new government should ensure stern punishment to the guilty," Vardhan said.

He said BJP MLAs will play a role of constructive opposition and on the lines of shadow cabinet in foreign countries, each elected member of the party will look at the functioning of particular departments.

"The shadow minister concept is working well in many foreign democracies and ensures that the government fulfils its responsibilities properly," said Vardhan.

BJP welcomes the new government and expects that it will fulfil the promises made to the public within a fixed time frame so that people suffering due to Congress misrule for the last 15 years may get relief, he said.

Vardhan demanded that the new government get full statehood for Delhi and said it will be BJP's highest priority to end multi-agency system.

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