Congress will only give outside support to AAP: Sandeep Dikshit

New Delhi, Dec. 25,: Confirming Congress Party’s commitment on extending outside support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for forming the next government, party leader Sandeep Dikshit on Wednesday said there is no change in that stance, described the contradictory voices in the party as personal opinions of certain leaders.

“Janardan Dwivedi had made it very clear, that there are some people who have different opinions. The Congress is a big party and people have a right to place their opinions. The leaders and workers have an objection to the language that the AAP is using against the Congress,” said Dikshit.

“But this is personal opinion of certain leaders. As far as the party is concerned, there is no change in the decision of the party,” he added.

Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi on Tuesday admitted that a group within the Congress thinks we shouldn’t have extended support to the AAP.

“There were divergent views within the Congress on extending support to the Aam Aadmi Party. There is an opinion in the Congress that the decision to support AAP was not correct,” Dwivedi said.

“It is true that there are certain opinions in the party that we should not have extended support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi. The reason behind this is that the voters of Delhi did not support Congress to such an extent that we did not even come up as the main opposition,” he added.

The Congress general secretary further said: “Since now a proposal (to support AAP) has already been made, we have to carry on with that as well. Perhaps we will have to find out a middle path.”

Several Congress workers had earlier protested in front of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) headquarters against the decision of the party to support the AAP.

The workers also burnt effigies of Kejriwal, protesting against the abusive language used by several AAP leaders.

In a letter written to the Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, the Congress, which has 8 MLAs, decided to extend unconditional support to the AAP, which have 28 MLAs, to form the next government in Delhi.

On Monday, Kejriwal met Lt. Governor Jung and staked a claim to form the next government in Delhi with Congress support.

The AAP had bagged 28 seats in the 70-member Delhi assembly. The BJP had emerged as the single largest party by winning 31 seats while the Congress had stood a poor third with eight seats. (ANI)