Union Home Minister Suhshilkumar Shinde on Saturday said the Congress offered unconditional support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as “it has promised to give a clean and non-corrupt government.” “But if the AAP rejected the offer, the constitutional authority would take a decision on the formation of a government in Delhi.”

The Minister was speaking on the sidelines of the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Disaster Recovery Centre of the National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid).

The Congress had sent a letter to Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, offering unconditional support to the AAP to form a government on the grounds that the party would not like to burden citizens with fresh elections. “A decision will be taken after the AAP members’ meeting with the Lt. Governor,” the Minister said.

The government had no immediate plans to promulgate an ordinance on gay rights issue to negate the Supreme Court ruling on homosexuality. “Not now. Our [Congress] vice-president and president have already spoken on the issue. I am with them,” he said.

Lokpal Bill

Expressing the confidence that the Lokpal Bill would be passed in Parliament, he said: “The Bill is pending in the Rajya Sabha. Now it is under discussion. We will pass it. The Select Committee has recommended some amendments and we have accepted them. The Bill had been piloted by the Minister concerned.”

The government had promised social activist Anna Hazare that the Lokpal Bill would be passed.

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