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Ramdev, Anupam Kher urge Kejriwal-led party to respect people’s mandate and form next government

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 12, 2013
First Published: 00:10 IST(12/12/2013) | Last Updated: 00:13 IST(12/12/2013)

As the stalemate over the fractured mandate in Delhi continues, the debutant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has drawn flak from a cross-section of society, including yoga guru Ramdev and actor Anupam Kher, for not stepping forward to form the government.

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Of the 70 seats, the AAP won 28 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bagged 32 seats.

With both parties unwilling to form a government in absence of a simple majority, the uncertainty continued on the third day after the results.

On Wednesday, Ramdev urged AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal to form the government with Congress support. “If they (AAP) are getting support, why shouldn’t they form a government? If they don’t want to, it means there is a sense of fear among them of not keeping their promises,” Ramdev said.

Asking Kejriwal to “not run away from constitutional duties and responsibilities,” he said, “Kejriwal might have contested elections against these parties but he hasn’t contested against the people of Delhi. He should not flirt with their emotions and respect the mandate.”

“In case the Congress pulls out when AAP tries to pass the Janlokpal bill in the assembly or bring down electricity tariff in the state, then Kejriwal will turn into a hero. Congress will be unmasked,” Ramdev added.

But Kumar Vishwas, AAP spokesperson, minced no words in his reply: “Tell him (Ramdev) to go and advise the party (BJP) for which he is campaigning now a days. (The) Congress and BJP are ideologically same parties and they should join hands to form a government.”

Urging Kejriwal to form the government, actor Anupam Kher reminded the party that the Congress had agreed to lend its support without any condition. He said, “The party should take care of the sentiments of the electorate who pressed the broom — AAP’s symbol.”

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