The Haryana CM said that if the decision had to be taken by him and if the matter is left to him, he would take the decision, ‘so that the people are benefited.’ (Agencies)
However, he clarified that this is his personal opinion.
"My personal opinion is that the Congress should unconditionally support them so that they (AAP) can form the government and deliver promises to the people on power, water and other issues," Hooda said.
In a stunning performance AAP decimated the ruling Congress in Delhi polls winning 28 seats of 70 while BJP bagged 31 and Congress 8. Both AAP and BJP do not have the majority to form government on their own and Kejriwal has ruled out giving any support to BJP for the purpose.
On AAP's preparations to contest Haryana assembly polls next year, Hooda said, "Every person has the right and freedom to contest. In democracy, whosoever gets majority forms the government."
To a query that Kejriwal and AAP member Yogendra Yadav are from Haryana and if this could give them advantage in the state, the Chief Minister dismissed it as ‘hypothetical’, and said, "Let them come, then we will see."
On being asked about reports that AAP had invited IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who was recently charge-sheeted by his government for cancellation of mutation of a land deal involving Robert Vadra and DLF, to lead the party in Haryana, he said, "Which party gives charge to which person is their decision."
Hooda said that it is difficult to pinpoint any single factor which led to the Congress' poor showing in the four states and said that the party would analyze reasons behind this.
Hooda, who had campaigned in Delhi and Rajasthan, said that though Congress had left no stone unturned on development, some local issues played their part.
He admitted that ‘price rise is an issue’ which could have had an impact and said the Centre had taken various steps to minimize adverse impact on the common man.
Ever since debutant AAP's spectacular show in Delhi polls, Congress has gone soft on Kejriwal's party. Rahul Gandhi had said on Sunday that AAP involved a lot of people which was ignored by traditional political parties and ‘we are going to learn from that.’
A known detractor of Kejriwal, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has termed AAP's victory as ‘something good for the electoral politics of democratic India.’
At the AICC briefing, Raj Babbar dismissed Kejriwal's suggestion that Congress and BJP should join hands to form the next government in the state.
"We do not know about the ideology of AAP. Congress is more than 125-year-old party. We have never made any compromise with secularism," he said.
On being asked whether Congress will support AAP, Babbar, a cine star- turned-politician quoted a Hindi song ‘Begaani Shaadi Me Abdulla Diwana’ suggesting that Congress has no role in it.
AAP has already ruled out the possibility of seeking support from Congress and as such, despite a section in the ruling party being in favour of supporting Kejriwal's party to form a government to keep the BJP at bay, there is no forward movement on it, in absence any demand of support.
The Haryana CM said that if the decision had to be taken by him and if the matter is left to him, he would take the decision, ‘so that the people are benefited.’