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No support to opposition party, Congress: emerging Indian Aam Aadmi Party
Publication Date : 11-12-2013
The emerging Aam Aadmi Party iterated that it will neither take nor extend support to either the opposition BJP or the Congress. The party also clarified that Prashant Bhushan’s comment yesterday that AAP can give issue-based support to the BJP was his personal view and the party has nothing to do with that.
AAP said it will not stake claim to form government and would prefer to sit in the opposition. Bhushan, too, said his comment was made in a rhetorical context. “What I had said was my personal comment. It is impossible for BJP and Congress to do the kind of politics we do,” he said.
Bhushan said the party cannot support the BJP or Congress as AAP was formed as an alternative to them. “People had supported us so that we can establish an alternative politics in the country,” he said.
AAP legislators had yesterday unanimously elected Arvind Kejriwal as their leader in the Delhi Assembly. Kejriwal had said yesterday that AAP is ready for a re-poll. “We were expecting majority in Delhi elections... AAP is ready for a re-poll as elections don’t cost much but corruption leads to a larger loss,” he said.
Kejriwal said even though AAP was expecting a majority in Delhi, it is now ready to sit in Opposition with the vow to be constructive in its role. The party also did not rule out the possibility of letting BJP make a minority government. “I am 100 per cent confident AAP MLAs will not defect... We have taken steps to prevent our MLAs from breaking away from AAP and joining other parties,” said Kejriwal.
Kejriwal had said yesterday, “There will be a time when we will definitely form a government, Rome was not built in one day... We will form the government only when we have the numbers, we don’t believe in coalition politics.”
The BJP made clear its reluctance to form government in Delhi saying it did not have the numbers and that it is ready to face elections. Harsh Vardhan, the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in the Assembly polls, was today formally elected as the leader of the legislature party at the first meeting of 31 party MLAs and one SAD legislator at Delhi BJP office. “It is a sad situation for us and residents of Delhi, but due to present technicalities, government cannot be formed with a fractured mandate. We don’t have enough numbers to form a stable government and we are ready to fight the election once again, if such a situation arises,” Vardhan told reporters after the meeting.
As uncertainty loomed large over government formation, the Congress today first indicated its willingness to back AAP but later taunted it saying Kejriwal should join hands with the BJP to fulfil his promises to the people. The mixed signals started with AICC General Secretary for Delhi, Shakeel Ahmed, stating,“A number of senior leaders of Delhi are of the opinion that we should give unconditional support to AAP to form a government. They believe that we should extend outside support to it.
“But we are talking to MLAs from the state. Their opinion is very important. Once we take their opinion, we will apprise the party high command about it”.
The eight elected Congress MLAs also had a meeting with Ahmed. After the meeting, the legislators said they will abide by the decision taken by the leadership. However, Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar later said the BJP and AAP should not sit in Opposition. Home Minister Shinde said the Centre will not interfere.