Kejriwal set terms for Congress, BJP before deciding on forming the Govt.
Arvind Kejriwal raised 18 issues before forming the government
New Delhi: In a new twist to government formation in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party today set some new conditions for Congress and BJP before it can decide on forming a government, a move seen as attempts to fob off criticism that it was running away from taking responsibility.
Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, whom AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal met, has said he will send a report to the President, an indication that he would tell the Centre that government formation will not be possible now.
Earlier, Kejriwal had given to Jung the copies of the letters he had written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and BJP President Rajnath Singh seeking their views on a list of 18 issues that included ending VIP culture in the capital, audit of electricity companies and removal of MLA local funds scheme.
In a surprise move, Congress had last night extended unconditional support of its eight MLAs to AAP for forming the next government.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Kejriwal said, he had not sought any time from the Lt Governor for government formation. He claimed the LG told him he can come back when he has the majority.
However, a press release issued by the LG said, “Leader of AAP Legislative Party Arvind Kejriwal met Lt Governor.
Referring to the letter of support received from Congress, Kejriwal said he would be in a position to form a government only after ascertaining the views of people of Delhi.
The honorable LG will be submitting a factual report to the honorable President of India”. While the single largest party BJP with 31 MLAs had declined to from the government, the second big party AAP with 28 seats has been saying that it would not take from or give support to Congress and BJP in government formation.
Kejriwal asked why the Congress and BJP were ready to extend their support to AAP, when his party had not asked for it.
“Nobody gives unconditional support to anyone without any reason. There must be some reason that both parties are in a hurry to extend their support to us for free, what are their intentions,” he told reporters.
Attacking the BJP, he said their intentions were evident the moment they refused to form the government and stated they were not interested in manipulative politics and horse trading when they had allegedly done so in other states.
The AAP leader said his party’s stand was clear from day one that it would not take or give support to the Congress or the BJP.
AAP was formed by the common people due to alleged corrupt and criminal politics of both the parties, and it was now not possible to join hands with these parties, he said.
“But their moves have surprised us. We had even prepared a letter for the LG (expressing our inability to form the government). To understand their stand, I had written letters to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and BJP Chief Rajnath Singh seeking their parties’ stand on 18 issues,” Kejriwal said.
“I have asked them to provide categorical answers on the issues,” he said. During the last 15 years of Congress regime, problems of people have increased manifold. Similarly, BJP-ruled Municipal Corporation was allegedly involved in loot and mis-governance and common people were fed up with the corruption, he charged.
What are Kejriwal’s conditions?
In his letter, Kejriwal sought the views of Congress and BJP on the following issues:
1) Ending VIP culture in the national capital. No minister, MLA or officer would use a red-beacon fitted vehicle, demand no security for themselves and not reside in big bungalows.
2) Ending the MLA or corporator fund scheme and allotment of the same money through Mohalla Sabha for development of local areas besides giving power to people to decide on expenditure.
3) Passing of Jan Lokpal Bill in Delhi and asked would they still support his government if their leaders were found involved in corruption.
4) More decision power to Mohalla Sabhas, giving full statehood to Delhi and audit of accounts of electricity companies.
5) Electricity meters should be checked.
6) End to tanker mafia.
7) Repealing of a law which allows increase in water tariff every year.
8) Regularization of unauthorized colonies, rehabilitation of slums.
9) Regular jobs to those working on contractual appointments.
9) Simplification of VAT and promote trade and business, provide basic amenities in industrial area.
10) Oppose the FDI in retail in Delhi.
11) Subsidy to farmers.
12) No land acquisition without permission of gramsabha.
13) Opening 500 government schools, stopping donations in private schools and making the fee system transparent.
14) Providing security to women.
15) Improving quality of education in 1,800 schools run by municipal corporation and 1,200 by government on judicial reforms.
16) Set up enough courts and appoint judges so that all cases are dealt with within six months.
17) Opening new government hospitals with better facilities.
18) Kejriwal seeks help from BJP-run MCDs to deal with various issues.
“After getting response from BJP and Congress on these issues, we will hold public meetings and ask the people whether we should form government or not,” he said.