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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  1. A
    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???
  2. A
    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
  3. B
    B G
    Jun 14, 2014 at 3:41 pm
    We knew AK your an Ullu in politics
  4. B
    Jun 15, 2014 at 9:50 am
    Ha Ha Ha.... whatta disgusting suggestion.
  5. Z
    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.
  6. N
    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.
  7. 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.
  8. G
    gubradi Jo
    Jun 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm
    In other words, you are a very unfortunate man
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