AAP, Cong rule out alliance to form govt, BJP pushes for early elections
Amid reports that a section of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leadership wanted to explore the possibility of forming the Delhi government with Congress support again, AAP founder-member and senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan opposed any such move on Sunday.
“Yes, some MLAs said at the meeting held yesterday (Saturday) that they had got feelers from the Congress about an AAP government being supported from outside by that party. But I don’t think such a decision would go down well with the people. However, this is my personal opinion,” Bhushan told The Indian Express.
Asked for his reasons, Bhushan, who has filed many PILs against corruption and irregularities in the last two Congress-led UPA governments, said, “People see in AAP a credible opposition to the corrupt mainstream political parties, including the Congress. If we join hands with the Congress, won’t we lose our high moral ground for the sake of power? The Congress, which has lost all credibility, would like nothing better than aligning with us. But should we be doing so?”
There have been reports that following a lacklustre show at the hustings — it won only four of the 434 seats it contested from — the AAP was considering forming the Delhi government once again, but with Congress support this time.
But Delhi Congress spokesperson Mukesh Sharma on Sunday ruled out any support to facilitate an AAP government, saying the Congress would prefer fresh elections.
Asked if, in hindsight, he agreed with party leader Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to quit as Delhi Chief Minister after just 49 days in office, Bhushan said, “I agree it was a controversial decision. I think we should have gone to the people and asked them for their opinion. Maybe the decision of the people would have been the same, but that way we would have been able to communicate our decision to the people better.”
Asked if he was satisfied with the party’s performance, Bhushan said, “Though we expected many more seats, we are happy with whatever we have got. We are still a party that is being built. Four seats in Punjab, where we contested for the first time, shows that wherever there is largescale corruption, people see the AAP as a viable alternative. Our main task now is to occupy the main opposition space.”