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17/02/2020 12:45 PM IST | Updated 17/02/2020 12:55 PM IST

Milind Deora's Love For AAP Is Exposing Rifts Within Congress

The blame game continues in Congress after the party's dismal performance in the Delhi elections.

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Almost a week after the Delhi election results, the Congress continues to implode. The recent round of blame game began after the party managed to win zero seats in the assembly election and actually did worse in terms of vote percentage.

As Congress leaders celebrated the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) win over BJP, others from the party have been hitting back at them. 

On Monday, senior Congress leader Milind Deora tweeted praise for the Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal. “Delhi Government doubled its revenues to ₹60,000 crore & maintained a revenue surplus over the last 5 years,” he said. 

Party leader Ajay Maken slammed Deora’s comment saying, “brother, you want to leave Congress—please do—then propagate half baked facts”. 

Congress leader Radhika Khera — who was the candidate from Janakpuri, but lost — also commented on Deora’s tweet.

Khera responded to Deora’s tweet, saying she found it “extremely disappointing” that senior Congress leaders are “busy patting AAP’s back” instead of encouraging the party to do better. 

This is the latest incident exposing the rifts within the Congress since the Delhi election results in which the party saw its vote share drop to 4.26% — down from 9.7% in 2015 — and 63 of its candidates lost their deposits. 

As party leaders took to congratulating Delhi for rejecting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), others slammed these leaders for celebrating AAP’s victory. 

Last week, Sharmistha Mukherjee, daughter of former president Pranab Mukherjee, slammed senior leader P. Chidambaram, who had saluted the people of Delhi for setting “an example to other states” by defeating the “polarising” agenda of the BJP. 

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said that those spreading “religious hatred” had been wiped out. “Amit Shahji had asked people to press the voting button with such force that the current is felt in Shaheen Bagh. Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter has given a good statement by saying that the button was pressed (by voters) in such a way that it (BJP) got electrocuted,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.

On the Congress’s performance in Delhi, Singh only said the votes got shifted to AAP as people backed the person and the party which they believed could defeat the BJP.

(With PTI inputs)

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