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Uncertainty looms over AAP govt, Cong, BJP ready for repoll

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal , Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Posted: February 11, 2014 2:25 am

With the future of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government hanging in balance, both the BJP and the Congress said they were prepared for re-elections. But senior Congress leaders said the situation was unfortunate as the AAP had failed to fulfill any of the promises it had made before forming the government.

Leader of the Opposition Harsh Vardhan said the BJP would be prepared for re-election but refrained from commenting on whether the government would fall.

Senior BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi, however, said the onus of deciding the fate of Delhi was with the Centre.

“It is the Centre’s prerogative and they have two options — impose President’s rule or give the the administrative powers to the Lieutenant-Government. Our actions will be decided after the Centre’s decision,” Mukhi said said.

Senior Congress leaders said in case the AAP government fell, the party would be prepared to go for re-elections. “There’s no question of supporting the BJP and no other party can form a majority. So we’ll go for re elections. But the situation is unfortunate. AAP could have avoided this scenario had they not been in a hurry. They should have eased into the role of governance and the Congress was and continues to be willing to give them support for their mandate,” Mateen Ahmed, senior Congress leader, said.

Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said, “The AAP government wasn’t making good use of the support extended to them by the Congress. Instead, they kept trying to cover up their failures through the misuse of democratic institutions. We’ll not back an unconstitutional bill. We want a strong and effective Jan Lokpal.”

The Congress said the AAP government had failed to come through on their promises — 700 liters of free water to every household, halving electricity tariff rates and the regularisation of contractual employees. “AAP is playing some political drama or another. They’ve back-tracked from their agenda,” Lovely said.

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