After the BJP declined to form a government in Delhi despite being the single-largest party,the Congress on Friday sent a letter of support in favour of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung.
The Congress move comes a day before the AAPs chief ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal is set to meet Jung.
The AAP has again rejected the offer of support though a section of party MLAs have suggested that it form a minority government.
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president J P Agarwal confirmed that a letter of support has been sent.
We have sent the Lt-Governor a letter of support on Friday. We have offered unconditional support to the AAP government from the outside. This will ensure that the burden of another election will not fall on the people of Delhi, he said.
Agarwal and Shakeel Ahmed,AICC general secretary in charge of Delhi,are signatories to the letter.
The Congresss letter to Jung reads,… you have invited AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal to explore possibilities for formation of the government. The Indian National Congress (INC) has decided to extend outside support to the AAP,if they are ready to form the government.
According to the letter,AAPs 28 MLAs with Congresss eight MLAs will be enough for the majority in the 70-member House. Signed letters by all the eight Congress MLAs will be submitted to you and AAP leaders as soon as they accept your invitation to form the next government. You can mention or show our letter to the AAP leader extending support to the AAP for formation of the next government in Delhi.
The eight legislators of Congress are Prahlad Singh Sawhney,Chaudhary Mateen Ahmed,Asif Mohd Khan,Haroon Yusuf,Arvinder Singh Lovely,Hassan Ahmed,Jai Kishen and Devender Yadav. The MLAs had proposed to support the AAP and discussed it in a meeting with AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
Since results for the Assembly elections were declared on December 8 which left the BJP with 32 seats,the AAP with 28,the Congress with eight,the JD(U) with one and one Independent the Congress has reiterated that AAP should take the responsibility of forming the government in Delhi.
However,the AAP has staunchly refused to accept or give support to any party. There is no possibility of taking support from the Congress. We will be meeting the Lt-Governor on Saturday to see what the possibilities are. But if there is no possibility apart from taking support from the Congress,then there is indeed no possibility, AAP leader Shazia Ilmi said. She added that the decision had been made by the AAP parliamentary affairs committee.
Earlier in the day,AAP party leader Yogendra Yadav told reporters that they would put their options before the Governor on Saturday. Indicating that the AAP would reject any support from the Congress or the BJP,he said,We dont believe in the politics of give and take.
However,Kumar Vishwas tweeted that while the party would not take or give support,they were looking at other options.