New Delhi, Jun 15: The Congress on Friday said it does not want the elected government of the national capital to be removed and it will oppose any move for President’s Rule. It also termed the sit-in protest by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers outside Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s office as ‘dharna tamasha’. Also Read - Watch: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Dances 'Jhumur' With Young Performers in Assam
Addressing a press conference, Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken rejected any alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in the national capital. He also said that the dharna by AAP and counter-protests by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were just to divert attention from their failures. Maken’s remark came as the sit-in protest at L-G’s office-cum-residence by Kejriwal, and his cabinet colleagues — Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, and ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai — entered the fifth day on Friday. Also Read - On a Roll! Rahul Gandhi Takes Part in Push-Up Challenge, Dances With Students in Tamil Nadu | Watch Video
Maken termed the protest of the AAP a scripted drama, he said the “script of this drama was written on February 20, when the Chief Secretary was attacked after being called for a midnight meeting”. He alleged, “They knew the repercussions of this act. And now their protest is in the final stage.” Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Enjoys Palm Fruit With Locals in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari, Video Goes Viral | Watch
The leader also urged the AAP and BJP to call off their protests and start working for the development of the city and people.
Noting the Congress under the leadership of Sheila Dikshit worked under the same set-up and won three elections by working for development and the people, he said: “We were in government for 15 years under the same constitutional framework but we did not give such excuses like the AAP government.”
He also rejected the reports of any alliance with the AAP in Delhi, saying: “As the DPCC (Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee) chief, I have already made it clear that there is no question of any alliance with AAP.”
“Congress got 22 per cent vote in local body elections, just four per cent less than AAP last year. And in the Bawana assembly bypolls, our number of votes increased from 14,000 odd votes in 2015 assembly elections to 31,919 votes.” He said, “They (AAP) are getting unpopular in Delhi at very rapidly. People are rejecting them because of their non-performance. So, when people are rejecting them continuously, why should Congress come to their rescue now?”
Sheila Dikshit Terms Protests Shameful
Holding Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the “stalemate” in the national capital, his Congress predecessor Sheila Dikshit on Friday advised him to approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi to demand full statehood instead of protesting. “The demand for full statehood can only be made in Parliament as it is the sole authority to change the Constitution,” the three-time Delhi CM said.
She also accused Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of protesting to hide their failures on real issues. “They have failed on every front and to hide their failures they are protesting at the LG’s house,” Dikshit alleged.
Terming these kind of protests “shameful”, Dikshit said: “There is a way in getting things done. One can get things done by approaching in a proper way and talking sweetly.”