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Will oppose President’s Rule in Delhi: Congress

IANS | New Delhi |


Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken on Friday said his party does not want the elected government of the national capital to be removed and it will oppose any move for President’s Rule.

He also said Kejriwal and his ministers were staging a protest at the Lieutenant Governor’s office, and BJP leaders’ protest at the Chief Minister’s Office, were just to divert attention from their failures. He called Kejriwal’s protest a “dharna tamasha”.

“The Congress will oppose any move of President’s Rule in Delhi and it does not want the elected government to be removed,” Maken said while replying to a question here in a press conference.

The Congress leader also urged the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to call off their protests and start working for the development of the city and people.

Terming the protest of the AAP a scripted drama, the former Union Minister said: “The script of this drama was written on February 20, when the Chief Secretary was attacked after being called for a midnight meeting.”

“They knew the repercussions of this act. And now their protest is in the final stage,” he alleged.

“The Congress under the leadership of Sheila Dikshit worked under the same set-up and won three elections by working for development and the people,” he said.

“We were in government for 15 years under the same constitutional framework but we did not give such excuses like the AAP government. We were also in power when BJP government was at the Centre from 1998-2003. But we did a lot of work. We did not give excuses like the AAP government,” said Maken.

Maken’s remarks came after the sit-in protest at Lt. Governor Anil Baijal’s office by Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues entered the fifth day on Friday.

BJP leaders are also sitting on protest at the Delhi Secretariat against the sit-in protest by Kejriwal and his Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Labour Minister Gopal Rai. The BJP leaders sat on protest on Wednesday.