Cong support for AAP manifesto, not party, says Lovely

Officially taking charge of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Sunday, Arvinder Singh Lovely minced no words about the nature of Congress's 'support' to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

While willing to lend "outside support" to the AAP, the Congress wouldn't tolerate any "undemocratic activities". In case the AAP government slows down any development work started by the Congress, the party will protest against the government, Lovely said.

On Sunday, the newly appointed DPCC chief echoed the previous stand taken by the Congress. While addressing party workers and senior Congress leaders — including former chief minister Sheila Dikshit – Lovely said Congress's support to the AAP shouldn't be interpreted as blind support for their policies. Dikshit had, prior to the elections, steadfastly maintained that there was no possibility of an alliance with the AAP.

"We will continue to play the role of an active opposition. The party will not compromise on the respect and integrity of the Congress workers at any cost, by anyone. If there is any let-up in the all-round development work started by the Congress in Delhi, the party will protest. The agitation will have the full backing of the party," he said.

While the AAP government hasn't made any decisions regarding development works undertaken by the Congress, they have hinted at such a possibility — with various leaders, including Kejriwal, claiming that Delhi "doesn't need more flyovers".

Lovely said that the decision to support the AAP was taken so that the new government could "fulfill Delhi's aspirations and keep their promises".

While sources in the Congress party indicate that the decision, while aimed at keeping the BJP out in Delhi, was also taken with the hope that the AAP would be unable to keep their promises, thus reducing their political credibility.

Meanwhile, Vishwa Hindu Parishad issued a statement saying that the AAP shouldn't accept JD(U)'s proposal of making Shoaib Iqbal the Speaker in the House. Congress leaders said the decision on the matter had not been made.

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