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Congress to support AAP govt in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 2 : As the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by Arvind Kejriwal is facing its crucial trust vote on Thursday in the Delhi Assembly, the Congress said it will continue to support the AAP government.


"The Congress has already said it is backing the AAP," said Congress MLA Haroon Yusuf.

Congress MLA Hashim Mohmmad, however, said support to AAP is conditional.

"We will support the AAP as long as it remains true to its manifesto. If an ordinance or law is brought against the interest of people, we will not support it," Mohmmad.

The AAP is facing its crucial trust vote on Thursday in the Delhi Assembly even as the Congress party supporting the government said it will not topple it while the opposition BJP is all geared up to vote against it.

While AAP has 28 MLAs of its own, it is supported by eight from the Congress. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies together have 32 MLAs in the 70-member assembly.

The five-day-old AAP government must have the support of 36 MLAs to win the trust vote.

Ahead of the trust vote, AAP leaders like Manish Sisodia, Yogendra Yadav and Kejriwal met and said the government will run on issues.

Sisodia said he hoped that all the MLAs will support their issues (like reduction of power bills and free water).

Congress Delhi unit president Arvinder Singh Lovely said they would stick by their commitment and assurance from high command in not toppling the government.

Kejriwal, meanwhile, said the people of Delhi trust them.

"The people trust this government. They know in five days this is the government of the people," said Kejriwal.

The first session of the Delhi Assembly commenced from Wednesday.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and newly elected Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs took oath in the Assembly on the first day.

The session will end on Jan 7.

According to reports, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker will be elected on Jan 3.

--IBNS (Posted on 02-01-2014)

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