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Will prefer repeat polls than supporting BJP or Congress: Kejriwal

Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 24, 2013
First Published: 00:42 IST(24/9/2013) | Last Updated: 10:52 IST(25/9/2013)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Monday asserted his party will prefer a repeat election in case of hung assembly but not support either the Congress or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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“That will be a small cost to pay for weeding out corrupt government,” he claimed. 

During his speeches and meetings during campaign in his constituency and other areas in Delhi, the activist-turned-politician has consistently maintained that his party will not join hands with any other party to form the government but prefer to sit in the opposition.

AAP has been promising a ‘clean and honest’ government as against ‘corrupt government’ of other parties, be it Congress or the BJP.

But what happens in case of a scenario where a hung assembly will leave no other option? Will he then not join hands with any other party?

“We will prefer repeat election,” Kejriwal told HT.

“We are very confident that in case of repeat election, we will get an overwhelming majority and form the government.”

Kejriwal’s confidence probably stems from the formidable vote share across Delhi that several pre-poll surveys had given to his party. Also, Kejriwal himself has emerged as one among the popular faces for the post of chief minister in almost all surveys, pipping Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel to the second position against the incumbent chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

Moreover, the AAP leader has taken on chief minister Sheila Dikshit and her government on different issues, especially power and water bills that echo across voter profiles in the national Capital.

In case of a hung assembly leading to repeat election, people always point out the high cost of conducting elections as a burden on the exchequer.

“We say, that is a small cost to pay in order to tackle corruption. Bhrashtachaar se itna desh ka nuksaan ho raha hai (corruption is eating into our nation’s resources) … so if a repeat election can give an honest government, then that is a very small cost to pay,” Kejriwal said.

The party has been stressing on transparency and claiming to have given tickets to candidates with clean record.

The party has also been asking for donation from common people — in cash, kind and time — to support its campaign across Delhi.

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