"While arriving at a decision (to support AAP), various factors were taken into consideration... it's not that today we are extending support and tomorrow we will withdraw it. We do not decide such things in a light manner... We will keep patience," senior Congress spokesperson Mukul Wasnik said. (JPN/Agencies)
Wasnik stressed that Congress was aware of the situation in Delhi and would minutely observe the developments.
"No deadline as such has been given (to AAP to fulfill the promises made in its manifesto). We gave them support to form the government because we wanted to avoid the burden of another election on the people of Delhi,” he added.
"Unfortunately, the speed with which they should have moved forward is not there," Wasnik said.
Wasnik, meanwhile, refused to go into the controversy surrounding the expulsion of AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny, who on Monday met the Delhi Lt Governor over issues which he claimed have not been addressed by Arvind Kejriwal-led government.
Binny demands actions against Law Minister
Binny is learnt to have also demanded action against controversial Law Minister Somnath Bharti.
Wasnik, however, condemned AAP when it was pointed out that Bharti had criticised President Pranab Mukherjee's "populist anarchy" remarks.
"Various statements keep coming from AAP. It is unfortunate that somebody makes such comments even on the President's remarks. We strongly condemn this," he said.
Bharti had referred to the President's comments in a tweet in which he appeared to juxtapose the recent agitation by AAP in Delhi with the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 and the post-Godhra riots of 2002 in Gujarat. The Delhi Law Minister later denied the post, which has now been removed from his twitter.com page.
Meanwhile, hailing Mukherjee's "statesman-like" approach and his long experience of public life, Wasnik said that the speech made by him contained a lot of wisdom and would be guidance for many.
Wasnik, an MP from Maharashtra, however, refused to draw parallels between AAP and Raj Thackeray-led MNS over the issue of toll plaza violence in that state.
"There should be no place for vandalism in politics. If there is some dispute over toll, there is a legal mechanism to address it. It is not appropriate to reach a conclusion that the government is promoting anybody on this. There is rule of law in Maharashtra," Wasnik said, referring to talk that the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra was backing MNS.
He, however, refrained from directly answering a question as to whether Congress also considers Thackeray to be an "anarchist" in the same way that the party regards Arvind Kejriwal as being one.
"I won't like to comment on individuals or particular parties with phrases like 'anarchist'," he said.
"Their actions will be there before the nation and people will decide (on the basis of) that,” he added.
"While arriving at a decision (to support AAP), various factors were taken into consideration... it's not that today we are extending support and tomorrow we will withdraw it. We do not decide such things in a light manner... We will keep patience," senior Congress spokesperson Mukul Wasnik said.