New Delhi, Dec 25: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided to form government in Delhi with the support of the Congress. Together with the Congress's eight MLAs, the AAP-led government will just manage the majority figure of 36 in the 70-member assembly.
Now the question is how long will the Congress support the AAP for these two parties are not known to be natural allies. Also, the Congress is known for its 'acts of betrayal' in the past when it withdrew support from minority governments at the Centre and states, leading to political instability.
Here is a look at some of those instances where the Congress played the role of a king-breaker:
From July 1979 to Jan 1980
Charan Singh was backed by the Indira Gandhi in an effort to oust the Janata government and then conveniently withdrew the support, leading to the collapse of Singh, who was instrumental behind Gandhi's arrest after the Emergency.
Between November 1990 and June 1991
Chandra Sekhar had replaced V P Singh as the prime minister with the support of Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress. But soon their relationship crumbled and the Congress withdrew its support after accusing the Chandra Sekhar government of spying on Rajiv Gandhi, leading to its collapse.
In office from June 1996 to April 1997
The Congress withdrew its outside support to Deve Gowda's United Front government, accusing if of failing to check communal, divisive and separartist forces in the country. Deve Gowda, the only prime minister from South India, was succeeded by IK Gujral.
In office between April 1997 and March 1998
The Congress withdrew support from the Gujral government after the latter decided against ousting the DMK from the ruling coalition. A judicial report at that time claimed that the DMK had links with the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in May 1991.