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Kejriwal plays prophet of doom says govt has 48 hours

With 28 seats in the 70-member Delhi assembly, Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party has formed a minority government with Congress’ support, which has eight seats.

india Updated: Jan 01, 2014 09:48 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Arvind Kejriwal,Aam Aadmi Party,AAP

Two days ahead of the trust vote for his minority government, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the bevy of decisions already announced are taken for doing maximum good for people assuming the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has just 48 hours.

The new government faces a trust vote on January 2.

After swearing in on Saturday, the AAP government has already declared to shun VIP culture and ordered nobody will be allowed to use/misuse beacons; it has already announced up to 20,000 litres per month free water and topped it up with decision to subsidise power tariff to half on Tuesday, all part of the party’s election manifesto.

With 28 seats in the 70-member Delhi assembly, AAP has formed a minority government with Congress’ support, which has eight seats.

When asked why his government was in hurry to announce so many things, Kejriwal told reporters, “We are running the government assuming that we have just 48 hours with us. We want to do the maximum good to the people, if we can in this time. (We are) not sure of the Congress and the BJP. We are not bothered whether the government survives or not.”

The chief minister, who has been fighting a bad throat infection, said in lighter vein that he can recoup his health in a couple of days but won’t get these crucial 48 hours again.

BJP and Congress minced no words. “We have got nothing to do with them. We don’t have an alliance with them. They should ask the Congress, with whose support they have formed the government,” said Harsh Vardhan, BJP’s chief of legislative party.

Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh said AAP’s apprehension that the Congress and the BJP have an alliance and their government will fall in 48-hours has no basis. “We have agreed to have our MLA as pro-tem speaker. We are going to support them in their motion of trust. It seems they are now finding it difficult to fulfil the promises they made in their manifesto and trying to run away.”

First Published: Jan 01, 2014 09:43 IST