New Delhi: Attacking Congress President Sonia Gandhi over her remarks on the resignation of Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi, AAP shot back saying it did not continue in office owing to lack of numbers required to bring the Janlokpal Bill.
"Sonia Gandhi's comment on the resignation of Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi is an unsuccessful attempt to hide her own party's open alliance with BJP on 14 February in the state assembly, which led to the defeat of the Janlokpal bill.
"The AAP government did not continue in office since it did not have the numbers to get the Janlokpal bill passed and the Cabinet in its last meeting had recommended dissolution of the Assembly so that people could decide what kind of new government they want," said a statement issued by the party on Sunday.
The party alleged that it was Gandhi's desperate bid to deflect attention from the growing public anger against series of corruption scams of the Congress-led UPA government and its wrong policies and that she chose to harp on her party's "specialisation of running a government at all costs, whether through horse trading or defection of MPs/MLAs."
"The Aam Aadmi Party would like to make it clear that it will not compromise on its core principle of eradicating corruption from the country.
It was on this promise that people of Delhi had given 28 seats to the AAP in the assembly elections and the party's minority government was working towards bringing a strong Janlokpal bill," the statement added.
It also challenged the Congress to recommend dissolution of the state Assembly and conduct fresh poll in the city-state.
"In case Congress party is so confident of its mature skills of running governments then why does not it direct the Lieutenant Governor to recommend dissolution of the state assembly and why is it afraid of facing the elections?
"It is for Gandhi's Congress party to tell the people of Delhi why it is hiding behind the shield of President's rule and denying the voters their right to elect a new government?" the statement added.
Updated Date: Mar 31, 2014 08:54:27 IST