Congress hopes AAP will be able to prove its efficiency

New Delhi, Dec. 24: Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel on Tuesday said the Congress is supporting the Aam Aadmi Party from outside and hoped that the AAP would be able to prove its efficiency.

“We have given support to the AAP, and we hope they work well and efficiently,” said Patel.

“We will support the Aam Aadmi Party in whatever steps they take for the welfare of the people,” he said.

He further said the Congress had never worked for power, but for the common-man.

“The Congress has never worked for power, but for the common man. Since independence, the Congress has taken steps keeping the common man in mind,” said Patel.

Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee has cleared the decks for the appointment of Arvind Kejriwal as the 7th Chief Minister of Delhi.

According to television reports, President Mukherjee has forwarded the letter of appointment to a Joint Secretary level officer of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Chief Secretary of Delhi has reportedly met Kejriwal, to finalize arrangements for the swearing-in ceremony as well as the names of the members of the state cabinet.

Kejriwal has also appointed I.A.S officer Rajendra Kumar as his principal secretary

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had, on Monday staked a claim to form the government in the national capital, and are having a meeting today to finalize its Cabinet.

The key figures in his Cabinet could include Manish Sisodia representing Patparganj constituency, Somnath Bharti from Malviya Nagar constituency, Rakhi Birla from Mangolpuri constituency.

Saurabh Bhardwaj from Greater Kailash constituency and Vinod Kumar Binny from Laxmi Nagar constituency are also likely to be part of Arvind Kejriwal’s Cabinet.

In a public meeting on Sunday, Kejriwal, whose one-year-old party had its roots in the anti-corruption movement, rebuffed allegations that his party was hesitant to form the government.

“We will deliver whatever we assured in our manifesto. It (the manifesto) was prepared after wide consultations and a lot of thought went into it,” he said.

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.

The BJP decided not to form the government, following which AAP leaders met Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and sought 10 days time. The AAP then held a referendum to know from the people whether or not they should form a minority government. (ANI)