New Delhi, June 9: Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken on Friday dismissed reports that claimed that the party is in talks with Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP for Karnataka like alliance in Delhi ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Terming AAP an Opportunist, Maken said that only secular forces are welcome and not opportunists. “Everyone in Delhi knows the difference between what they practice and what they preach. Not just 99 percent, but 100 percent of Congress leaders and workers are averse to any kind of understanding with the AAP,” Maken said while talking to a news website. Also Read - What Next? Govt Must Spell Out Future Plan Post 21-day Lockdown to Avoid Chaos, Says Congress
Maken also claimed that the AAP government was raising the demand for full statehood to hide its “failures” to perform and said the people should take a decision on the issue. He also asked Arvind Kejriwal government to come out with a ‘White Paper’ to tell the Delhi people the benefits and drawbacks of full statehood. Also Read - Malaysian Nationals, Who Attended Tablighi Jamaat Congregation, Caught at Delhi Airport
The AAP government has called a three-day special session of the Legislative Assembly to discuss its demand for full statehood. The Centre spends Rs 6,953 crore on Delhi every year. Also Read - Coronavirus: Suspected Patient Jumps From Trauma Center in AIIMS, Suffers Leg Fracture
The super-speciality hospitals funded by the Centre receive Rs 3,000 crore annually. There are three central universities and Metro Rail and these are because Delhi is the national capital, Maken said.
Asserting that Delhi’s status should not be altered, he said, “It is fine if any other benefits come besides it. AAP leaders are raising full statehood issue to cover up the failures of their government.
“Maken said his party ruled Delhi for 15 years within the limits of the existing Constitutional provisions while the AAP is complaining that it has not been able to work due to lack of full statehood.”
Maken also cornered the AAP over the Lokpal issue saying the party walked out of the government in 2014, accusing that it was not being allowed to table Lokpall Bill due to Congress pressure. “Finally when they brought the Bill, they came up with the weakest form of the Lokpal,” he alleged.
Notably, his remarks came day after it was reported that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress are in talks of a Karnataka like alliance in Delhi. The sources had claimed that AAP approached the Congress for the alliance, with an offer of a 5:2 ratio for seat sharing in Delhi– five seats for the AAP and two for the Congress. Whereas the Congress party had demanded three out of the seven seats, which are- New Delhi for Sharmishtha Mukherjee , Chandni Chowk for Ajay Maken and North West Delhi for Rajkumar Chauhan.