18-point letter is Kejriwal's way of escaping responsibility: BJP, Cong

KejriwalBoth Congress and BJP claimed that AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal was reluctant to form a government in Delhi. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

In the wake of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) writing to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and BJP president Rajnath Singh seeking their stand on 18 key issues, both parties reacted indignantly to the letter. They claimed that AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal was reluctant to form a government in Delhi because he wanted avoid the responsibility of keeping the promises made in his party's poll manifesto.

While the Congress termed it a 'mockery of democracy', the BJP said it was an attempt to 'confuse' people .

The Congress had offered unconditional outside support to AAP. The BJP had said they would provide issue-based support. But after meeting with Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung, Arvind Kejriwal sent letters to the BJP and the Congress, seeking their views on 18 key issues before deciding government formation.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has forwarded the letter to AICC general secretary and Delhi in-charge Shakeel Ahmed.

Ahmed said the party will examine the 18 issues raised by the AAP and is "likely to respond within two days".

Speaking to Newsline, the BJP's CM candidate Harsh Vardhan said the party's stand on the issue was clear. "We spoke about constructive opposition. If AAP does not need our support, then there was no reason for us to extend it. With the Congress, the AAP will have the majority and they should know about how a government functions. When Sheila was in power, she used to convene the Cabinet and take decisions. She did not first ask nor expect the Opposition to support her decision."

Congress legislators Haroon Yusuf, Arvind Singh Lovely and Asif Mohammad Khan also criticised Kejriwal for his "ignorance" on how a government functioned.

Lovely said of the 18 issues raised in the questionnaire, two relating to the Jan Lokpal Bill and full statehood for Delhi, were outside the ambit of the Delhi government.

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