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Emerging Indian party AAP to elicit views with back from the Congress
Publication Date : 18-12-2013
Emerging Indian Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal said AAP would go to the people of Delhi to elicit their views on forming a government with support from the Congress and make the decision public next Monday.
This comes a day after the Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung, is said to have recommended President's Rule in the state. The single largest party, the BJP, with 31 seats and the single seat of ally Shiromani Akali Dal, had expressed inability to form a government citing lack of numbers in the 70-member assembly.
Kejriwal said the AAP would seek public opinion on taking support for government formation. He said public opinion would be sought until the weekend, and a final decision on government formation would be taken on December 23.
In the open letter to the public, AAP cited the reasons why it was not ready to take the support of BJP or Congress, and asked people to decide whether it should form a government despite its reservations.
Kejriwal said people's responses can be sent by SMS or a call to their IVRS number or through the party’s website or Facebook page.
Criticising both Congress and BJP for spreading false rumours, Kejriwal said, “AAP is not running away from government formation and if people want the party would form the government in Delhi.”
The AAP, which won 28 seats, eight short of the majority mark, had last week written to both the BJP and the Congress seeking their views on its 18-point charter. “The BJP did not even bother to reply, and the Congress said 16 points on the charter were executive decisions and did not require Congress support in the house, and the party is committed to the remaining two,” Kejriwal said, mocking both parties.
AAP leaders view the Congress offer of support with suspicion and fear they are being set up for a disaster. The offer is seen as a strategy to force the hand of the party that decimated it on the promise of a clean government and cheaper power and water bills, and push it into forming a minority government faced with a slew of unrealistic promises to fulfil.
Kejriwal said some leaders felt the AAP can form the government and do some two or three ‘good things’ before it is toppled while others felt that it should not assume power at all.