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AAP offered Congress, BJP support to form govt in Delhi

Agencies  New Delhi, December 13, 2013
First Published: 21:01 IST(13/12/2013) | Last Updated: 21:30 IST(13/12/2013)

The Congress told Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday that it was ready to support an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to end a political logjam in Delhi.

A Congress source told IANS that all eight legislators of the party were ready to back the AAP, which has been invited by Jung Saturday to explore the possibility of forming a government.

The AAP finished with 28 seats in the 70-member assembly, just behind the Bharatiya Janata Party's 31, leaving Delhi with a hung house. The BJP Thursday said it will not form a government.

Meanwhile, BJP on Friday also asked Aam Aadmi Party to form a government while assuring it of constructive cooperation in fulfilling its promises such as slashing tariff by 50% and providing free water upto 700 litres daily.

Read: Delhi deadlock: AAP says it won't form government

Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel said if AAP was really serious about fulfilling the promises made to people, then it should go ahead and form a government.

"AAP had made many promises including two major promises of reducing power tariff by 50% and providing free water up to 700 litres per day. If AAP is really serious about fulfilling these promises, then it should go ahead and form a government and BJP will provide whatever cooperation is required," Goel said.

Earlier on Thursday, BJP, which is the single largest party with 31 seats plus ally Akali Dal's lone seat, had turned down Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung's offer of government-formation, citing lack of majority.

A party needs at least 36 seats in the House of 70 members to form a government.

The Lt Governor has called AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal to discuss with him government formation on Saturday. AAP on Friday said it will tell Jung that the party does not have the majority and was not inclined to form a government.

"Even Congress has clearly indicated that it will provide support to the AAP government. Then, if it is really serious about fulfilling its promises, it should go ahead and do it. If they do not form the government, then it will be clear that AAP was never serious about fulfilling these promises which were made with lot of fanfare," Goel added.

The Delhi BJP president said AAP has made several promises in a hurry just to woo the voters.

"BJP believes in providing constructive support to any initiative which serves the interest of Delhi. For us, the interests of Delhi residents are above everything. We have been serving the people of Delhi and we would continue to do so," he said.

(With inputs from PTI and IANS)

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