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AAP approaches President, claim invite to BJP will spur horse-trading

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal met President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday and requested him to announce fresh elections in Delhi.

india Updated: Sep 07, 2014 00:56 IST
HT Correspondent/agencies
HT Correspondent/agencies
Hindustan Times

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal met President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday and requested him to announce fresh elections in Delhi.

The Delhi assembly has been in suspended animation since February 2014 after Kejriwal quit as chief minister.

“Media reports suggest that the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi has recently sent a report to you recommending that the single largest party, i.e. the BJP, be invited to form government. Such a recommendation would be an open invitation for the formation of government by defections and horse-trading,” states a letter submitted by AAP to the President.

Reacting to the Bharatiya Janata’s Party’s statement that there was a provision in the law that offered legislators the option to choose the chief minister through a secret ballot, Kejriwal claimed it was not possible.

“The counting of secret ballot is not possible. I have met several constitutional experts on the matter who have confirmed that is completely against the Constitution,” he told media after his meeting with the President.

The BJP had won 31 seats in the 70-member house but now has 28 legislators after three were elected to the Lok Sabha in the general elections held April-May.

In a house with an effective strength of 67, the lone Akali Dal legislator is a BJP ally. There is a JD-U member, an Independent and an AAP rebel. The Congress has eight seats.

Earlier in the day, AAP leader Manish Sisodia demanded immediate elections in Delhi to stop the BJP from forming the government by ‘purchasing’ people. Emphasising that the BJP did not have the adequate numbers to form the government, Sisodia said that the BJP was increasing its strength after buying out people. He said the AAP would soon conduct a sting operation to expose them.

Kejriwal said that the BJP wanted to form government in Delhi by horse-trading, and asking it to form the government would be akin to “murder of democracy”.

‘BJP scared of polls’
The Congress on Saturday hit out at the BJP over its attempt to form a government in Delhi, saying it shows the party was “scared” of fresh elections and suggested that the L-G will only do the bidding of Centre.

Party general secretary in-charge for Delhi Shakeel Ahmed, however, remained non-committal on the issue of fresh elections.

“It shows that the BJP is afraid to face the people. BJP president Amit Shah is himself conceding that there is no Narendra Modi wave now and that’s why they want to form a government in Delhi any how, without elections. BJP wants power without elections.”

First Published: Sep 07, 2014 00:41 IST