This Article is From Feb 17, 2020

Think Of Your Own Role, Congress Tells Milind Deora After He Praises AAP

Congress leader Milind Deora posted an appreciation of the AAP government's performance after Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in for the third time on Sunday.

Milind Deora posted an adulatory tweet on Arvind Kejriwal's AAP that came to power

New Delhi:

Congress leader Milind Deora was admonished by his party and advised to "introspect" on his own role after his effusive praise for Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), followed by a wrangle on social media with colleague Ajay Maken. Without naming Milind Deora, the Congress drove home its sharp disapproval of his Twitter posts.

"Congress leaders outside the state need to reflect about their own role and what they have done... their performance, responsibility, in their state and in their own constituency," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said on Monday.

Sources close to Mr Deora said he had no plans to quit as of now and rejected speculation that he was heading to AAP.

The former Mumbai Congress chief has made several recent comments that the Congress would classify as extremely wayward.

In his latest, Mr Deora posted an appreciation of the AAP government's performance after Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in for the third time on Sunday. "Sharing a lesser known and welcome fact -- the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi Government doubled its revenues to Rs 60,000 crore and maintained a revenue surplus over the last 5 years. Food for thought: Delhi is now one of India's most fiscally prudent governments," he tweeted.

Stung by the open admiration for a rival that had come to power on the back of a Congress rout, Delhi leader Ajay Maken reacted bitterly. "Brother, you want to leave INC India-Please do-Then propagate half baked facts!" - wrote the former Delhi Speaker and ex-Union Minister.

Then Mr Deora hit back. "Brother, I would never undermine Sheila Dikshit's stellar performance as Delhi CM. That's your specialty. But it's never too late to change! Instead of advocating an alliance with AAP, if only you had highlighted Sheila ji's achievements, Congress would have been in power today."

Last Tuesday, as the results hurtled towards another AAP victory and a duck for the Congress, Mr Deora had tweeted: "And the winner is... bijli, sadak & paani! Congratulations @ArvindKejriwal ji on being re-elected Delhi's Chief Minister. Best wishes & Godspeed".

Mr Deora was not alone; P Chidambaram also exulted in what he called the victory of AAP and the defeat of "bluff and bluster".

Another group of Congress leaders openly criticized such views, pointing out that AAP's performance was at the cost of the Congress, which ruled Delhi for three straight terms under Sheila Dikshit till 2013.

Mr Deora had also criticized Congress's Delhi in-charge PC Chacko's comment appearing to pin the blame on Sheila Dikshit, who died last year. "Sheila Dikshit ji was a remarkable politician & administrator. During her tenure as Chief Minister, Delhi was transformed and Congress was stronger than ever. Unfortunate to see her being blamed after her death. She dedicated her life to INC India and the people of Delhi," Mr Deora had tweeted.