Arvind Kejriwal meets Lt Governor to discuss government formation options

The BJP along with its all Akali Dal's one MLA had won 32 seats in the 70-member assembly.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: May 20, 2014 6:11 pm

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung amid demand by a section of AAP MLAs to explore the possibility of formation of government again by the party.

Kejriwal was accompanied by senior party leader Manish Sisodia in the nearly half-an-hour meeting with Jung. The AAP leader did not speak to the media after the meeting.

Sources said the issue of formation of a government figured in the meeting. Following the party’s dismal performance, some AAP MLAs last week had mooted a proposal for the party to once again form government in Delhi, with support from either BJP or Congress.

Sources in AAP said majority of sitting MLAs in the party do not want fresh election immediately thinking the “Modi wave” may flatten them if polls are held anytime soon. The party on Sunday had, however, ruled out the possibility of forming government in Delhi again. The AAP had won 28 seats in its debut assembly elections in December last year and had later formed the government with outside support from the Congress’ eight MLAs.

The BJP along with its all Akali Dal’s one MLA had won 32 seats in the 70-member assembly. Number of BJP MLAs has come down to 28 as three party legislators Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pervesh Verma have been elected to the Parliament. The government led by Kejriwal had resigned on February 14 after the party’s pet project—the Janlokpal Bill—could not be passed due to opposition from BJP and Congress.

President’s Rule was imposed in Delhi on February 17. Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had not favoured dissolution of the 70-member Delhi Assembly as recommended by the Council of Ministers headed by Kejriwal and kept the Assembly in suspended animation.

Congress has already said it will prefer fresh election in the city then supporting the AAP again to form a government. BJP has also said that it would prefer fresh election than forming a government through “manipulation”.

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  1. K
    May 20, 2014 at 11:43 pm
    AK is cursing in his dream on why he left the CM chair.I had all due respect for AK till Lok Sabha elections - I will again have some faith if they take actions and not just gimmick. They think whatever they do is the final line in the sand.This guy spoke all BS - modi jee modi jee rahul jee mata jee and forget corruptionhe started going to temples, taking holy baths, wear religious caps and forgot that corruption has nothing to do with religion.He forgot the core principles of Anna movement.Anna was right when he said "arvind aab sattha ke pichhe hain, usse pantha pradhan banna hain"this guy was dreaming 50 seats and he will become PMSad that BJP and Congress will take advantage of AAP's stupid ghar ka na ghat ka
    1. Rajindar Opal
      May 20, 2014 at 10:56 pm
      AAP has no choice but to wait for fresh elections, for sympathy-factor just after Lok Sabha elections, the sooner the better. DELHITES WILL BRING AAP BACK all known faces of AAP must push hard for their MLA's given another chance, I believe AAP will do well in Delhi.
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        Onkar Sharma
        May 21, 2014 at 12:48 pm
        Kejriwal is an ambitious nut. The CM´s office was small for his ambitions, he wanted to become the PM of India. Opportunity knocks only once. He has lost it.
        1. R
          May 21, 2014 at 6:47 pm
          All it takes is for 10 AAP MLAs to split and join the BJP.
          1. S
            May 21, 2014 at 4:38 am
            AAP is fraud so is Kejriwal.
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