AAP will be a constructive opposition: Kejriwal
Making an electrifying debut in high-profile Delhi assembly polls in which it routed Congress, the Aam Admi Party has ruled out taking support of any political party to form the government, saying it will play the role of a 'constructive opposition'.india Updated: Dec 09, 2013 08:46 IST
Making an electrifying debut in high-profile Delhi Assembly polls in which it routed Congress, the Aam Admi Party today ruled out taking support of any political party to form the government, saying it will play the role of a 'constructive opposition'.
Addressing supporters and media gathered at the party office in central Delhi, an upbeat AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal termed the results of the polls as 'historic' where the people have come out and voted for a 'clean and honest' political party.
"These are historic results. This is not a victory of Aam Admi Party, it is a victory of the people," the 45-year-old bureacrat-turned-politician said amid loud cheers by his supporters at the crowded office.
Asked whether he will seek support of Congress to form government, Kejriwal said, "We will play the role of a constructive opposition and will not seek support from any party to form the government."
AAP, which was born a year ago following the civil society movement against corruption led by Anna Hazare, made a stunning entry into electoral politics by becoming the main opposition relegating Congress to the third position in the 70-member Assembly.
"The results are a message to established political parties like Congress and BJP to change the way they do their politics. If they do not reform, the people will throw them out," said Kejriwal, who served the biggest blow to chief minister Sheila Dikshit by handing down a shocking defeat to her in the New Delhi constituency by a huge margin of 25,864 votes.
The key agenda items of AAP are Jan Lokpal Bill, right to reject, right to recall and political decentralisation.
A former income tax official, Kejriwal came into prominence, especially in Delhi, when Anna Hazare launched the agitation on the Lokpal issue.
AAP has already declared that it is not a Delhi-centric party.
"After the Delhi polls, you will see us being more active outside Delhi.... We certainly plan to go nationwide for the Lok Sabha polls," Kejriwal's party has said.
Kejriwal said he had no personal enmity with the Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit (in this election).
"Our fight was based on issues and principles," he said.
Kejriwal said that these results were historic in many ways as till now politics in the country was dominated by Congress BJP and few other parties.
"Religion, caste, corruption, crime, money and muscle power were the driving factor of these parties. Ever increasing corruption and inflation had made life hard," he said.
"Since they had no options left, so they decided to contest elections themselves. For the first time, this election was contested on the basis of truth and honesty," the activist turned politician said, adding it was a fight between politics of truth and honesty and the politics of corruption.
He said that people were fed up with the 'corrupt politics' of BJP, Congress, and others.
"Many political stalwarts have been defeated by none other than the common people," he said, adding when the common man awakes then even the strongest candidates are dethroned.
Kejriwal, who was flanked by AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Kumar Vishwas, Yogendra Yadav and Pankaj Gupta, said that this election saw many firsts, like a party putting up all details of its funds on the website.
"A party estimated that they need only Rs 20 crore for the elections and when we acheived the targeted amount we stopped accepting donations. No political party in the world, let alone India, there is no precedence that they have stopped accepting donations much before the elections were concluded but AAP has done it," he said.
"We had cancelled the ticket of one of our candidates four days before the polls after we received information about a criminal case against him," Kejriwal said.
He also congratulated BJP's chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan and the party for winning most number of seats.
While thanking his volunteers and their family members for supporting the party, he said "I would congratulate the people of Delhi for initiating clean and honest politics, which won't remain confined to Delhi but spread across the country."
First Published: Dec 08, 2013 21:26 IST