eight seats and [were] reduced to third place. We were neither voted to form the government nor voted to be the principal opposition party. So we should have just kept quiet. But that is my view. The view that prevailed was we would extend outside support. Thatís the local partyís decision.
Arvind Kejriwal now says the Congress will regret supporting the AAP. He is opening CWG files and those related to corruption charges against ministers and bureaucrats.
Arvind Kejriwal has made hundreds of allegations against hundreds of people. If the Delhi government has material to take action against anyone ó politician or civil servant ó they should simply take action. Why constantly speak about it. Iíve noticed that Sheila Dikshit, Arvinder Singh have welcomed any action that the Delhi government might take. So why constantly harp on it. If there is material, take action.
In the budget ahead, do you think you will be able to stick to the fiscal deficit target set in the beginning of the year?
I have said the red line drawn for fiscal deficit at 4.8 per cent of the GDP will under no circumstances be breached. The prime minister has fully supported me on that matter. So I can confidently assert three weeks before the budget will be presented that we will not breach the 4.8 per cent target for fiscal deficit set for the current fiscal.
It is just three, four months before the country faces Lok Sabha polls. Given the outcome of assembly polls in five states, there is a perception that Congress has been written off.
I donít agree with your perception that the Congress has been written off or will be written off. We were more or less in the same position in December 2008 and January 2009. We had the September 2008 global economic crisis, we had the November 2008 attack in Mumbai. December 2008 and January 2009 were pretty gloomy months for the Congress party and the UPA-I. Yet we won the elections in May 2009. I think it is too early to write off any political party. Yes, the situation appears to be