BJP vs AAP in Delhi , Kumar Vishwas Slams AAP, Praises Modi
“Congress may want BJP to rule Delhi as it does not want to fight fresh Elections in Delhi and more importantly Congress would want to push AAP out of the political space it has occupied in Delhi – Yudhvir Jaswal
Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas on Tuesday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi while criticizing his own party over some issues. AAP leader Kumar Vishwas Tuesday said it was not wrong if he attended Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi birthday function. “The party can expel me if it sees any wrong in attending the prime minister’s birthday function,” Vishwas said in an interview with Times Now channel. Modi’s birthday is on Sep 17.
Vishwas, one of the founder members of the Aam Aadmi Party, praised Modi for visiting the flood-affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir. He said he will praise Modi if he does good and criticise his own party if it does anything wrong. Talking about his party leader Arvind Kejriwal, he said, “Not many discussions were held. We should have spoken to people about the decision.”
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday said his party was in touch with Congress and other legislators to prevent the BJP from forming a government in Delhi. Kejriwal, who ruled Delhi for 49 days with Congress backing, insisted that the AAP would not form a government in Delhi. “We don’t want to form the government… We want to make it clear that we want fresh elections.”
The Supreme Court Tuesday gave the central government a month to end the deadlock over government formation in Delhi, even as AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal vowed not to let the BJP take power using “unfair means”. The constitution bench of Chief Justice-designate Justice H.L. Dattu and Justices J. Chelameswar, A.K. Sikri, A.K. Agrawal and Arun Mishra gave the government till Oct 10 – the next date of hearing — to resolve a raging political deadlock.
The ruling came after Additional Solicitor General P.S. Narsimha told the court that Jung had written to the president indicating his preference for the BJP, which has 28 seats in the assembly, just one more than AAP. “I shall be grateful if the president grants approval to invite the BJP, even today the single largest party in the legislature, to (explore) their interest in forming the government,” Jung said in his letter made public Tuesday. The apex court told the central government to inform it about the president’s decision.
The Delhi assembly was placed under suspended animation after the Aam Aadmi Party government resigned in February, ending 49 days of governance by Kejriwal. The AAP is insisting on fresh elections, underlining that no single party enjoyed legislative majority in the assembly to form a government.
The impasse in the capital got sullied Monday when the AAP released a covertly shot video showing a BJP leader – since pulled up by the party – offering money to an AAP legislator to resign from the assembly. Kejriwal threatened to release more such videos at the “appropriate time”. Kejriwal alluded that the BJP feared elections. “Why is the BJP scared of fresh elections if they are so confident of winning? It is important for us to stop them from indulging in manipulative politics.” He said the AAP would seek the Election Commission’s intervention.
The BJP defended Jung’s letter to the president. “The LG is following the constitutional process by inviting the single largest party to form the government,” said Satish Upadhyay, president of the Delhi BJP. “If and when we get the invite, we will critically analyse our strength,” he said. The BJP now has 28 legislators after three got elected to the Lok Sabha. The AAP has 27 and the Congress eight.