"We cannot ignore the AAP. Because what they are agitating about -- corruption, austerity in politics, simplicity in politics -- these are legitimate values," he told reporters here.

"Today, the Congress party is thinking about it (AAP). But the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) has already lost its sleep due to the AAP. Prakash Karat is saying we are the AAP. If Badals (in Punjab) don't mend their ways, then the AAP will also eat up the Akali Dal. AAP is like Dashavatar. In different states, it can have different avatars," Ramesh said.

In an apparent reference to the Congress's defeat mainly at the hands of AAP in the Delhi Assembly polls, he said, "If we had brought the Lokpal Bill two years ago, we wouldn't have been facing the problems we are facing now."

Jairam Ramesh, AAP, Aam Aadmi Party, Arvind Kejriwal, Union Rural Development Minister

Meanwhile, the Congress distanced itself from Ramesh’s remark saying this is his personal opinion and not that of the party.

"This can be his personal opinion and observation and he does not have any information on it," AICC general secretary Shakeel Ahmed said.   


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