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Centre to give Kejriwal's party few more days to form govt in Delhi

HT Correspondent and PTI, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 19, 2013
First Published: 15:20 IST(19/12/2013) | Last Updated: 01:07 IST(20/12/2013)

The Centre on Thursday said it would give a few more days to the Aam Admi Party (AAP) to explore the possibility of forming a government in Delhi where political uncertainty continues after the recent assembly elections threw a hung verdict.

Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters that the Central government has asked the Lieutenant Governor as to how much time the AAP has sought for formation of government in Delhi. "We will give few more days (to AAP) for government formation in Delhi. This a democratic process," he said.

Shinde's statement indicated that the central government was not in a hurry to impose President's rule in Delhi and was ready to wait at least till Monday when the AAP, with 28 MLAs in its kitty, makes public its decision whether to form the government after eliciting views from the people.

The AAP had sought time from Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to take a decision whether to form the government after the Congress, with eight MLAs, offered outside support to the Arvind Kejriwal-led party.

The party had set 18 conditions for Congress and BJP before it could decide on taking their support to form a government. Congress had then put the ball in AAP's court, saying 16 of its 18 demands needed just administrative decisions and had nothing to do with Parliament or assembly.

However, AAP on Tuesday had announced that it would distribute 25 lakh copies of letters seeking people's views on the issue of government formation and then replies will be accepted till Sunday.

In a House of 70, BJP(31) and its ally Akali Dal(1) together have 32 seats, four short of majority while AAP has 28 seats.

The Lt Governor has already recommended that Delhi be put under President's rule with the new assembly in suspended animation among other options.

Imposition of central rule was one of the options listed by Jung in his report submitted to the President after his consultations with BJP, the single largest party, followed by AAP.

Meanwhile, the BJP has countered the 18 questions posed by the AAP by raising 14 of its own.

Party leader Harsh Vardhan called the rookie party the ‘B’ team of the Congress and said that it was trying to get the former ruling party back to power by forming a government with its support.

“The AAP had entered into a secret understanding with the Congress government and the party even before the elections. They acted like an ally of the Congress during the elections because they had information that they were going to lose the election due to price rise and corruption. Why are AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and his advisors changing their statement repeatedly and misleading the people whereas they could have made their stand clear on forming the government,” said Vardhan.

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