BJP attacks AAP government over funds
As the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is facing its crucial trust vote on Thursday in the Delhi Assembly, opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attacked its chief Arvind Kejriwal and asked him to come clean on donations and source of funds.
"I have information that your party members own identified government bungalows, contrary to your claims. Also do come clean on donations from Ford Foundation to your NGO Kabir," said BJP leader Harsh Vardhan.
Harsh Vardhan said AAP is a 'dangerous' party.
"Your party is a dangerous one. One of your prominent members publicly said Kashmir shouldn't be a part of India," he said.
He also accused AAP of double standards and misleading people of Delhi.
"Traveling in the metro is no big deal. Even I do that. I am sure many other MLAs do the same," he said.
Gandhian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare said he hopes AAP wins the trust vote.
"I hope AAP wins the trust vote easily. I think Congress will support the government because if it doesn't, it will lose people's faith," said Hazare.
Meanwhile, 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 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.
(Posted on 02-01-2014)