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A day after he led the Aam Aadmi Party to an impressive debut, its national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said the BJP was shying away from its responsibility of providing a government to the people of the Capital.
Kejriwal, who emerged as the giant killer by having trounced chief minister Sheila Dikshit with a margin of over 25,000 votes, said he had expected a majority for the AAP, but was not disappointed with the results.
Asked about the possibility of a new government, Kejriwal told HT: "This question should be put to BJP. Why is it shying away from its responsibility? It should try to form the government and not force a reelection on the citizens of Delhi."
On how a new government could be formed given the complex numbers' game, he replied: "Let us wait for a few days. The BJP and Congress are both good at manipulations. Why can't they come together openly since they were already together behind the scenes in Delhi!"
Kejriwal said the ‘popular mandate' was for his party, since the BJP's vote percentage had dropped by two per cent as compared to 2008 despite a higher voting percentage this time and the Congress had been virtually decimated, but the AAP fell short in arithmetic of seats.
He said the BJP myth of a Narendra Modi wave in the capital had been busted. "If that was the case, then they should have got a clear majority and more votes than last time," Kejriwal said.
"We lost 11 seats by narrow margins. A variety of factors are responsible ranging from wrong opinion poll projections to conspiracies against us. The common symbol of torch for independents which resembled the broom seem to have damaged us," the AAP leader said.
Kejriwal said though his party could have done better, but the AAP leadership is prepared to play the role of responsible opposition. "Since last one year, we were the real opposition on issues which concerned the common man. Now we are officially in that role."
On how a new party succeeded in capturing the voters' imagination, Kejriwal said the voters were looking for a credible alternative since the established parties have miserably failed. "Moreover, the traditional style of trying to impress voters with rallies no longer works," he said.
The 27 newly elected members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday elected Arvind Kejriwal as party's leader in the Delhi assembly