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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Don't dissolve House, Arvind Kejriwal requests Jung

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 20, 2014
First Published: 23:35 IST(20/5/2014) | Last Updated: 09:46 IST(21/5/2014)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday urged the Lt governor Najeeb Jung not to dissolve the Delhi assembly.

“We request you to not dissolve the assembly in the coming days. We wish to go back to the people and ask them if we should form the government again,” he said in his letter to the L-G.

The Delhi assembly is currently in suspended animation, and the Capital is under President’s Rule after the AAP government resigned on February 14.

Kejriwal met Najeeb Jung on Tuesday, at a time when reports about several Aam Aadmi Party MLAs resisting re-elections in Delhi and favouring forming a government again were doing the rounds since Sunday. Incidentally, the party kept describing it as a “courtsey call”, and denied there was any move to form the government.

The Congress, however, reiterated that it was not going to extend support to AAP under any circumstances.

Read: Will not support AAP in Delhi at any cost, says Congress

Post the Lok Sabha polls results – in which BJP swept all seven parliamentary constituencies in the Capital, with assembly segment-wise balloting showing the saffron party ahead in 60 of the 70 seats – several AAP MLAs are jittery about re-elections.

On Sunday there were reports of back-channel parleys between AAP and Congress to resurrect the Delhi government, even as Kejriwal’s outfit later announced that it was ready for polls and Congress denied any discussions with the former. On Tuesday, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Arvinder Singh

Lovely said that there was no question of offering support to AAP again.  

“Congress MLAs are not willing to back AAP and they are ready to fight the re-elections,” he said, flanked by Congress Legislature Party leader Haroon

Yusuf and chief party spokesperson Mukesh Sharma.

“We are ready for re-polls, no matter when they happen. We are not afraid to go back to the people,” Singh said. He claimed that AAP had betrayed the residents of Delhi by resigning and not fulfilling the ‘tall promises’ it had made, and will face the citizens’ wrath when re-elections are held.

Read: AAP rejects Cong offer, Delhi set for repoll

Yusuf alleged that during the recent Lok Sabha elections, AAP had functioned as the ‘B-team’ of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and divided the ‘secular votes’. He also claimed that the party had misguided voters from minority and Scheduled Caste communities in the city.

“We had given them support so they could prove themselves and fulfil the promises they had made. However, no development work has been carried out,” Yusuf said.

“The price of power has gone up fivefold, senior citizens are not getting their pensions and contractual government employees are yet to be made permanent,” Singh maintained.


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