When we quit, thought polls, big win would follow: Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal statement came in response to questions regarding the AAP government’s resignation.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 14, 2014 8:23 am
arvind-med Kejriwal’s statement came in response to questions regarding the AAP government’s resignation.

Nearly four months after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) resigned from the Delhi government, party chief Arvind Kejriwal, on Friday, said he had expected a fresh Assembly elections to take place soon after.

“When we resigned from the government, we thought elections would take place soon and we would form the government after winning a majority of seats. A number of months have passed, but the elections have not taken place. We did not expect this when we resigned from the government,” Kejriwal said during a mohalla sabha at Kali Bari, in his New Delhi Assembly constituency, on Friday.

Kejriwal’s statement came in response to questions regarding the AAP government’s resignation. “There are questions being raised in the media and many of you also want to know why we resigned. We have 27 MLAs in Delhi. We do not have a majority. After the election results were announced, we did not want to form government with Congress support,” he said.

“We formed the government after the people asked us to do so,” he said, justifying the AAP’s decision to form a government with outside support from the Congress.
Kejriwal said the government had been formed only after the Congress agreed to support them on a few basic issues.  “But the people had also told us to govern till the time the Congress was backing us on some issues,” he said.

It was only when the AAP government faced roadblocks in getting their proposals, especially the Lokpal bill, approved in the Assembly, that the party decided to resign, the former chief minister said.

Accepting that his party’s resignation has left many disappointed, Kejriwal went on to identify the reasons for this resentment. “I tried to understand why people were angry. After my interaction with the public, I found two two reasons — corruption in the capital had increased after the AAP government had resigned and people’s expectations had increased exponentially,” he said. The AAP chief also explained the concept of mohalla sabha and the Swaraj bill proposed by the party.  “This mohalla sabha is being held to discuss how the MLA development funds of Rs 4 crore should be spent. Rupees 1 crore has been kept aside for water and sewerage,” Kejriwal said.

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First Published on: June 14, 2014 3:41 am
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    AlexOnceAgain
    Jun 14, 2014 at 9:28 am
    Everybody feels so happy to criticize AK. They feel they are vindicated. When was the time one remember when Govt has waited for so long to call elections. Have the opposers ever asked why it is taking so much time to come up with elections. Why media is not asking this question???
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      anandkumar
      Jun 14, 2014 at 6:44 am
      i think we should give arvind kerjeriwal 5years in delhi to see his ability when when we have given chance to modi for 5years it will be good for the nations piont of to see how the lead the state and nation
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        B G
        Jun 14, 2014 at 3:41 pm
        We knew AK your an Ullu in politics
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          Bibhuti
          Jun 15, 2014 at 9:50 am
          Ha Ha Ha.... whatta disgusting suggestion.
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            zorba
            Jun 14, 2014 at 8:03 pm
            buddy delhi is like living in a garbage area, due to congress and a bit of bjp, aap deserve one chance atleast with full majority, whts wrong in one chance, things are already worse, it cannot get worse than the present situation.
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              NationFirst
              Jun 14, 2014 at 9:05 am
              People of India gave a similar party named "congress" a chance and here we are; after 65 years of independence still struggling with reservations, vote-bank politics, corruption. I would rather give a chance to BJP in Delhi embly as it is also at the center, so that they can work efficiently and make Delhi a better place to live.
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                H
                Jun 14, 2014 at 3:41 pm
                Do you think present Delhi is DELHI? What is left to ruin any further?. Rape capital, 65% live in slums. Electricity shortages ,ty roads.
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                  gubradi Jo
                  Jun 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm
                  In other words, you are a very unfortunate man
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                    JM
                    Jun 14, 2014 at 5:14 pm
                    Kerjeriwal isl an honest man. He is a well educated person from one of the reble insutions in our country. He has good intentions. He may be less experienced in politics. People should stop abusing and laughing at him. He is much better and learned than most of you in this forum.
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                      minna
                      Jun 14, 2014 at 10:04 am
                      Yeah! Things doesnt work the way you think. When you are a chief minister, your decisions affect the people.
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                        indian
                        Jun 14, 2014 at 12:29 pm
                        Those that corrupt the public mind are as evil as those that steal from the public purse.AK opens his mouth without engaging his head.His misguided and anarchic words and deeds,blaming others without proof,abandoning his responsibilities and misleading the public; display his reckless and careless atude towards the country and it's people.Reject him now; before we repent at our peril.He is no good and always wrong.
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                          Patrick
                          Jun 15, 2014 at 12:17 am
                          Again AK is hiding behind false justifications. The real reason people are angry is when they voted for change, they expect it to be fulfilled and when you ask people whether you should form the govt., you should ask before quitting.The day AAP will stop hiding behind political justifications such as "corruption in the capital had increased after the AAP government had resigned" they will be taken seriously. Otherwise he will remain 'Bhagoda' forever.
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                            Poulak
                            Jun 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm
                            Delhi is not your kitchen that you give this fellow 5 yrs. he will cause a lot of problems for Delhites and the central government. you want the younger generation more jobs, facilities etc. or some fool who goes on strikes and doesnt have any logical reasoning to govern?
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                              Rk Nair
                              Jun 14, 2014 at 9:18 am
                              Then there will be no Delhi. He will ruin the. Capital in such a manner.o
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                                Raghvendra Palli
                                Jun 14, 2014 at 7:57 am
                                Wonder how this brain injured man got admission in IIT. Probably someone wrote his papers or some hanky Panky deal. He never studied history and was never taught Mahabharata or Ramyana by his parents. Even his parents pla politics in Temple complex. Finally their Karma has caught up withToo late Arvind. You are looking down the drain. No one can save you.
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                                  Rajesh
                                  Jun 14, 2014 at 2:50 am
                                  'People asked us to form government'. What? People ask to form government through ballot. And per ballot you were definitely not asked to form government. Survey conducted by AAP was an eyewash.
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                                    Rajender Kumar
                                    Jun 14, 2014 at 6:04 am
                                    Yes. Kejriwal in Delhi and Modi in Centre will be ideal combination for Nation and for Delhi. Kejriwal should also emphasis on Development besides eradicating corruption.Also UP should be divided in three small state for better governance and for better development.
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                                      sAM
                                      Jun 14, 2014 at 4:47 am
                                      I am surprised with your opinion about giving majority to AAP, we have seen the drama and fact is that they cannot rule. !!!! For that matter anybody coming through agitations did not form a good government, eg- AGP in am, communist parties and the latest flop would be TRS in The new state of Telengana.
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                                        Subash Chandra
                                        Jun 14, 2014 at 10:11 am
                                        AAP leaders lack experience but refuse to learn and mature. They are like bunch of kids gone astray, jumping around for attention on every opportunity. Also they are not coherent as a political party as evident by dissidence and in fighting in recent days. Let them start from munility level and show their good governance.
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                                          aam aadmi
                                          Jun 13, 2014 at 10:50 pm
                                          just give Kejri 40 seats in Delhi & in 5 years everything will be crystal clear. 5 years of modi at centre & 13 yrs in Gujarat vs 5 yrs of Kejri in Delhi. I think this will be very healthy for the nation.
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                                            Anand Zen
                                            Jun 14, 2014 at 9:05 am
                                            How Naive? Disgusting!
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