Riding high on the “positive and explicit” responses from public meetings, the Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday seemed well on course to form a government in Delhi. But the party also warned Congress leaders to be “prepared to go to jail” in case they were found involved in corrupt activities.
AAP leader and spokesperson Manish Sisodia told HT, “We’re not mincing words. The corrupt will have to go to jail. We don’t care whether our government remains or goes.”
“We will not let anyone keep us from executing our manifesto. Congress leaders shouldn’t expect us to start praising them just because we may form government with their support,” he said.
On day one of its public meetings to seek public opinion, Sisodia said the response was overwhelming. “Our MLAs and leaders must have addressed about 150 meetings so far. The majority of people are saying that they want us to form a government. I have not come across any area where people do not want us to form a government. If the response goes on like this we will certainly fulfill people’s aspirations,” he said.
“We are waiting for the people’s decision in the remaining meetings to be held, once everything is clear, we will give our final decision by Monday,” he said. Though there were some who did not want AAP to “compromise” and take Congress’ support, many seemed to have all kinds of hopes.
Rinku Devi (32), who works as a domestic help, said at a Jan Sabha in Shakarpur, “I have been living here for 10 years but I have no voter ID. I voted for AAP so that our problems get solved. I want Kejriwal as my CM.”
Over the weekend, the party is addressing 272 jansabhas in as many municipal wards of Delhi before it takes a decision. AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal will hold four of his meetings at Mandir Marg, Kalibari, Sarojini Nagar and Lodhi Colony on Sunday.
AAP won 28 seats in the recent elections, second to BJP with 32 seats in the 70-member house. After BJP declined to form a government, Congress, with eight seats, offered to support AAP.