The Congress on Thursday responded to Aam Aadmi Party accusing its convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of openly supporting the BJP. Taking to Twitter, Sharmistha Mukherjee, a well known Congress leader and the daughter of former President Pranab Mukherjee, wrote, “AAP says ‘politics does not run on ego’. Indeed! That’s why @ArvindKejriwal is sulking & decided to abstain from voting in RS, helping BJP.”
Mukherjee’s comments came after AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh taunted at Congress President Rahul Gandhi saying that he did not need AAP’s support for his party’s candidate in the Rajya Sabha for the election of Deputy Chairman in the Upper House of the parliament.
In her response, Mukherjee wrote, “Why should @RahulGandhi seek support from a person who openly pledged to support & campaign for Modi in 2019 provided a demand of his is met. Politics is a battle of ideologies, not a playground for opportunists indulging in quid pro quo.”
The former Congress MLA was referring to Kejriwal’s earlier comments in the past that he was willing to campaign for the BJP in 2019 if his demand for full statehood for Delhi was met.
She added, “We supported formation of AAP Govt in 2013-14.Soon after forming d Govt with our support they bad-mouthed Congress leadership & also fielded their candidates against all sitting Congress MP in Delhi Lok Sabha 2 ensure defeat of Congress. Even Rahul ji was not spared in Amethi.
“AAP supported the BJP on the issue of signing the impeachment motion against the Cheif Justice of India. AP fields candidates in State elections where they have zero relevance just to cut into Congress votes & help BJP win.”
Earlier on Thursday, the NDA’s candidate, Harivansh Narayan Singh, a JDU leader, was elected as the new Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha. He defeated the Congress candidate BK Hariprasad.
Kejriwal had formed his first government in Delhi in 2013 with the support of the Congress but he resigned from his post after 49 days in power. Recently, during his protest at the house of Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, he had received support from many non-BJP parties but not from the Congress, whose leader, Ajay Maken, had dismissed Kejriwal’s sit-in as ‘drama.’