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Ajay Maken Slams Milind Deora For Kejriwal Appreciation Post On Twitter: 'Brother, You Want To Leave Congress…'

The Aftermath Of The Rout In The Delhi Assembly Elections Continues To Jolt The Congress.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Surabhi Pandey | Updated on: 17 Feb 2020, 10:40:32 AM
Milind Deora and Ajay Maken

Ajay Maken, a five-time MLA, did not contest the Delhi Assembly Elections. The Congress had failed to open an account in the polls. (Photo Credit: File Photo)

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The aftermath of the rout in the Delhi Assembly Elections continues to jolt the Congress. Even as the party struggles to find feet in the current political setup, another Twitter feud between two senior Congress leaders have come out in open. Days after Sharmistha Mukherjee vs P Chidambaram, Monday saw fresh tiff between Ajay Maken and Milind Deora. It all started with Milind Deora praising Arvind Kejriwal. In his appreciation post, Deora shared a link that spoke about how AAP government improved revenue in Delhi. “Sharing a lesser known & welcome fact — the @ArvindKejriwal-led Delhi Government doubled its revenues to ₹60,000 crore & maintained a revenue surplus over the last 5 years. Food for thought: Delhi is now one of India’s most fiscally prudent governments (sic),” the former minister said on Twitter.

Peeved over colleague lauding the political rival, senior Delhi Congress leader Ajay Maken shared his displeasure in a terse rejoinder. Quoting Deora’s tweet, Maken said, “Brother, you want to leave @INCIndia -Please do-Then propagate half baked facts!” He also went on to share the previous revenue numbers. “However,let me share even lesser know facts- 1997-98-BE (Revenue) 4,073cr 2013-14-BE (Revenue) 37,459cr During Congress Govt Grew at 14.87% CAGR 2015-16 BE 41,129 2019-20 BE 60,000 AAP Gov 9.90% CAGR,” Maken said in a tweet tagging both Deora and Arvind Kejriwal.

Maken, a five-time MLA, did not contest the Delhi Assembly Elections. The Congress had failed to open an account in the polls. Several senior party leaders have praised Kejriwal, which has not gone down well with the Delhi unit. Earlier, veteran Congress leader PC Chacko’s statement after his resignation as Delhi Congress in-charge had sparked another row within the party. At that time, Deroa had blasted Chacko saying, “Sheila Dikshit ji was a remarkable politician & administrator. During her tenure as Chief Minister, Delhi was transformed & Congress was stronger than ever. Unfortunate to see her being blamed after her death. She dedicated her life to @INCIndia & the people of Delhi.”

Last week, former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram posted a tweet congratulating the people of Delhi for defeating the BJP. However, ex-President Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter and Delhi Congress leader Sharmishtha Mukherjee questioned Chidambaram’s intent. "AAP won, bluff and bluster lost. The people of Delhi, who are from all parts of India, have defeated the polarising, divisive and dangerous agenda of the BJP. I salute the people of Delhi who have set an example to other states that will hold their elections in 2021 and 2022,” Chidambaram said on Twitter.

To this, Mukherjee replied: "With due respect sir, just want to know- has (Congress) outsourced the task of defeating BJP to state parties? If not, then why are we gloating over AAP victory rather than being concerned about our drubbing? And if 'yes', then we (state Congress units) might as well close shop!"

"We are again decimated in Delhi. Enough of introspection, time for action now. Inordinate delay in decision-making at the top, lack of strategy and unity at state level, demotivated workers, no grassroots connect -all are factors. Being part of the system, I too take my share of responsibility," Mukherjee further said.

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First Published : 17 Feb 2020, 10:36:35 AM