Thursday, Sep 18, 2014

AAP’s flip-flop: No referendum, ready for polls in Delhi

Kejriwal arrives at the Patiala House Courts on Wednesday. Kejriwal arrives at the Patiala House Courts on Wednesday.
Written by Aditi Vatsa | New Delhi | Posted: May 22, 2014 12:54 am | Updated: May 22, 2014 8:16 am

A day after stating that he wanted to hold public meetings to gauge public opinion on forming government again, an apologetic Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday admitted that the party’s chances of doing so were negligible. Kejriwal said the AAP would now begin preparations to seek a fresh mandate.

On Wednesday, Kejriwal said “recent developments” have forced them to forgo their plan of holding a referendum.

“Nothing will emerge from conducting any referendum on this issue and, given the existing political scenario, we do not feel the need of holding any such exercise now,” Kejriwal said.

Congress leaders, on the other hand, had maintained that giving support to the AAP again was out of the question.

Kejriwal also said the party was planning to hold ‘jan sabhas’ in the next seven-ten days to “apologise to the people and begin preparations for seeking a fresh mandate”.

Addressing mediapersons following a meeting of all AAP MLAs, Kejriwal reiterated that they had made a mistake by resigning from the government. “We made a mistake. I apologise to the people of Delhi and the country for resigning from Delhi. We had resigned on moral grounds,” Kejriwal said.

Having won 28 seats in Delhi Assembly polls in December, the AAP had formed the government with outside support from the Congress. The government resigned on the issue of Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill after just 49 days of governance.

Kejriwal also expressed fears of the party losing further support. “I have been told that in case the AAP commits another mistake of not taking up the responsibility of forming a government, the people will not spare us,” he said.

Delhi BJP chief Harsh Vardhan said Kejriwal changes his decisions every hour. “He changes his stand and statement four times a day. People of this country has understood him and his antics. He left the CM post to become PM. When he failed to become PM, he has come back to become CM,” he said.

Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said in a bid to capture power, Kejriwal was breaking all barriers of decency. He said Kejirwal was responsible for the “plight” of Delhi and the people of Delhi would never forgive him.

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