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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 18, 2014
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday dared the BJP to clear its stand on the Centre's decision to keep the Delhi assembly in suspended animation and asked if the saffron party was afraid to face fresh elections in the Capital. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on the other hand, staged a demonstration at Jantar Mantar, accusing the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP of working with the Congress to prevent the BJP from coming to power at the Centre as well as in Delhi.

The rookie party said in a statement that the Congress' receptive stand on the lieutenant governor's recommendation for President's rule was no surprise since it was not in a position to face fresh polls.

"...but the BJP must answer the questions," the AAP, which had won 28 seats in the 2013 polls and formed the government with the support of Congress' eight MLAs, said.

President's rule has been imposed in the Capital following Kejriwal's resignation from the chief minister's post for failing to introduce the Jan Lokpal Bill in the assembly. Kejriwal had demanded the dissolution of the 70-member House.

The AAP, which had earlier dared the Congress and the BJP to form the next government, also reiterated the Big Two had joined hands to thwart Kejriwal's attempt to table his showpiece anti-graft legislation.

"Why is the BJP afraid to spell out its stand clearly on when does it want fresh assembly elections in Delhi... Is the BJP continuing its alliance with the Congress, which the two parties had forged inside the assembly... Is the BJP running away from facing assembly elections in Delhi?" the AAP statement asked. 

Notwithstanding AAP's allegations of hobnobbing with the Congress, the BJP, which had bagged 31 seats in the December assembly elections to emerge as the single largest party, staged a demonstration in the heart of the Capital to "expose" its political opponents.

"BJP workers will tell people about Congress' corruption and AAP's anarchist attitude. Party workers will also expose AAP as to how it misled people by making false promises through which it had come to power," senior BJP leader Harsh Vardhan said.

The party also announced to launch a door-to-door campaign on Wednesday. Senior leader Vijay Goel said before the polls, the AAP had claimed it would register an FIR against Sheila Dikshit after coming to power, but that did not happen.

(With PTI inputs)