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Delhi: AAP challenges BJP to break its silence

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 25, 2014
First Published: 20:01 IST(25/2/2014) | Last Updated: 20:03 IST(25/2/2014)

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to break its mysterious silence and make its stand clear on the issue of President’s Rule in Delhi along with the assembly kept in suspended animation.


The Arvind Kejriwal-led party directly asked the BJP if it wants “Delhi assembly to be dissolved and elections to take place along with the Lok Sabha polls?”

Delhi is under the President’s Rule after the AAP government resigned on February 14.

“It is surprising that the BJP, which is leveling wild allegation on the AAP leadership, is itself afraid to sell out its stand on whether the people of Delhi should be subjected to an indirect rule of the Congress-led UPA’s government at the Centre or allowed to exercise their democratic and constitutional right of electing a new government,” said a statement from the AAP.

Posing a series of questions to the Delhi BJP chief Harsh Vardhan, the statement further asked: “Why is the BJP leadership afraid to give a categorical answer?; When no party is in a position to form a government in Delhi, why is the BJP not demanding dissolution of the assembly?; Or, is the BJP waiting to form its government after the Lok Sabha elections by indulging in horse trading?”

The AAP government had resigned on February 14 after both the BJP and the Congress voted out its attempt to table the Jan Lokpal Bill. In an apparent reference to that day’s event, the AAP statement further asked, “Why is the BJP hesitant to form a government with the Congress, since the two parties had already come together in the assembly and MLAs of both parties were shouting that they have a strength of 40 MLAs?”

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