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AAP says, its ready to form Government in Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal

The party took the decision to form the government at a meeting of political affairs committee after analyzing the results of the public referendum it had carried out in the last few days on the issue

Arvind Kejriwal Ghaziabad: Ending almost two-week-long deadlock, the Aam Admi Party — born out of Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption agitation– today decided to form government in the national capital by taking outside support from the Congress which the newbie handed a crushing defeat in the December 4 Assembly polls.

The party took the decision to form the government at a meeting of political affairs committee after analyzing the results of the public referendum it had carried out in the last few days on the issue.

Arvind Kejriwal, who led the debutant party to a spectacular victory in the polls winning 28 seats in the 70-member assembly, will be the Chief Minister of Delhi if the Lt Governor allows AAP to form the government, party leader Manish Sisodia said.

After the two-hour-long meeting, Kejriwal said AAP has decided to give a letter to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung expressing its readiness to form the government.

 “We were called by the Lt Governor to discuss government formation on December 14. We had sought time to take a decision as ours is a party of common people and we want to their views.

“We got responses from the citizens through website, phone calls, SMS and by holding public meetings and most of them favored government formation by AAP. We are now going to give the letter to LG saying that AAP is ready to form the government,” Kejriwal told reporters at AAP’s office in Kausambi here.

He said the party held 280 public meetings across Delhi and in 257 such gatherings people favored formation of government by the party while the rest opined that they it should not take powers.

There has been deadlock over government formation in Delhi for nearly two weeks after the announcement of the results on December 8. AAP has 28 seats while Congress with 8 has agreed to give outside support. BJP is the single largest party with 31 seats in its kitty.

Welcoming the AAP decision for forming a government, Sheila Dikshit, Ex-CM and senior Congress leader, said, “We welcome AAP’s decision. I hope that it will fulfill the promises made to the people,” she said.

When Congress has replied positive on the AAP’s decision, BJP who won the largest seats in Delhi assembly elections, was unhappy.

Harsh Vardhan, senior BJP leader voiced the discontent. He said that AAP’s move to form the government with Congress support is a compromise over the principles of that party and it’s a betrayal of people’s verdict.

 PTI

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