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Arvind Kejriwal apologises to Delhi for ‘quitting midway’, seeks fresh elections

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AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal leaving from Patiala House court in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Source: PTI) AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal leaving from Patiala House court in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

Aam Aadmi Party convenor and former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday apologised to the people of Delhi for ‘quitting midway’ and said that the party will begin a campaign for fresh polls.

“People of Delhi are annoyed with us that we quit. They thought that they were left in lurch. We made a mistake and apologise to them,” said Kejriwal.

The AAP chief, who had quit as CM after a 49-day stint, said that AAP will opt for fresh elections. “Chances of forming a government in Delhi are negligible in current scenario. We would opt for fresh elections. As we will hold campaigns, we will take opinions of people,” he added.

“We had a meeting and we have decided to gear up for elections. We will go among the people, will hold various meetings in Delhi in the coming days. We will apologise to people of Delhi in meetings and gain there trust to ask them to support us with complete majority,” he said.

Asked about the possibility of forming a government again, Kejriwal said, “There were possibilities but none can be seen feasible at present to form the government.” He, however, didn’t react to the question of taking support from the Congress this time. The Congress, which had supported the Kejriwal government earlier, has already refused to support them again.

On Tuesday, Kejriwal met Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung and reportedly requested him to not dissolve the Delhi Assembly. It is learnt that Kejriwal told the Lt-Governor that the AAP plans to hold “jan sabhas to garner public opinion on whether they should form a government in Delhi again”. But, this time, the Congress has refused to back the AAP. The government led by Kejriwal had resigned on February 14 after the party’s pet project— the Jan Lokpal Bill— could not be passed due to opposition from BJP and Congress. President’s Rule was imposed in Delhi on February 17.

(With PTI inputs)

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