Kejriwal launches scathing attack on Lt Guv Jung, says inviting BJP will encourage ‘horse trading’

He had also sought an appointment with Jung, but sources said it was only possible next Monday.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: July 17, 2014 6:18 pm
Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal (Source: PTI) Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal (Source: PTI)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convener Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday launched a scathing attack on Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, who he claimed, was expected to invite the BJP to form a government in Delhi on Thursday.

Amid reports of BJP forming the government in Delhi, Kejriwal attacked Jung, with whom he has had a love-hate relationship, and asked whether the LG should not ask for a letter of support of MLAs or else he would be seen as acting partisan.

“Sources (claim)- Despite public outcry, LG likely to invite BJP to form government today. BJP will accept it…BJP still does not have nos. Sources – 6 Congress MLAs not yet ready. BJP’s assessment – After taking oath, it would become easier to buy MLAs…

“Would LG save his chair or the constitution – nation will keenly watch. If a party (BJP) has once already declined the offer to form govt – can the LG invite the same party in the existing Vidhan Sabha again? … Shouldn’t LG first ask for a list of supporting MLAs? Else wouldn’t LG be seen to be acting partisan?” Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.

He also said that would Jung encourage horse trading if he invites the BJP for government formation.

“Would LG encourage horse trading if he invites a party to form govt despite knowing that they don’t have nos? Questions – can LG invite a party to form govt without prima facie satisfying himself whether the party has nos?” Kejriwal tweeted.

He had also sought an appointment with Jung, but party sources said he was conveyed that the meeting was only possible next Monday. “By then we dont think the meeting would be of any use,” Kejriwal said.

Earlier in the day, AAP had a meeting with its legislators to formulate future course of action

“We will expose the BJP’s attempt to buy Congress’ MLAs and go before the people,” said senior AAP leader and Patparganj MLA Manish Sisodia.

The party leadership also had meeting with its legislators to formulate the future course of action in the event the BJP forms the government.

Rubbishing the rumours that seven party MLAs were resigning, the AAP termed it as baseless.

“We are very worried about the BJP’s preparations of horse trading. We have all decided that all 27 MLAs of AAP understand their responsibility and we will not allow any kind of horse trading.

“AAP will not allow buying or selling, any dishonest government formation and we will do whatever is needed. Not even one AAP MLA will budge. Everyone wants an election,” Sisodia said.

It was decided in the meeting that party will also oppose the hike in electricity tariff.

Sisodia also added that the party will also oppose if the subsidy given by the then AAP Government on water and electricity is not extended or not included in the Delhi Budget, which is expected to be presented this week.

“We will oppose the hike in the electricity tariff by the DERC. If the BJP forms government in Delhi, we will also oppose it tooth and nail because they dont have numbers and in this case can only form a corrupt government through  horsetrading,” said Surendra Singh, AAP MLA from Delhi Cant.

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First Published on: July 17, 2014 5:52 pm
  1. P
    Jul 18, 2014 at 4:40 am
    Kejriwal please shut up. When you formed the Govt with corrupt Congress was it ethical? Even you cagot the seats by exposing corrupt practices of Cong? Where were your ethics when Jung sved you from Dharna antic at Raisina Hills.
    1. B
      Bijay K
      Jul 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm
      Last time BJP refused to form govt due to lack of numbers and LG invited AAP to form govt inspite it had number less than BJP. How BJP is now preparing to form govt in Delhi? Why there is no fresh elections--are they scarred of AAP? All these make us suspect BJP !
      1. K
        Jul 18, 2014 at 1:34 am
        Kejriwal cannot have it both ways. It was he who accused Congress of corruption and then joined with Congress to form a government and then resigned only 7 weeks later. He does not understand that in a coalition leaving aside core principles the larger party should compromise on other issues in interest of government. He did not understand that a ruling party cannot go and do a dharna in front of government offices. He has shown his immaturity a number of times. He should understand that elections are a costly affair and in the interst of saving money the LG has asked BJP to form a government. Kejriwal can defeat the BJP government on the floor of the Delhi parliament by moving a no-confidence motion.
        1. G
          Jul 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm
          Kejriwal has many objections to BJP forming a government in Delhi.Didn't the same applied to AAP meeting the LG post union elections?
          1. R
            Rangaesh Gadasalli
            Jul 17, 2014 at 3:47 pm
            did Kejrival get chance to form a govt? did he resign ? did the people of delhi give him their shoes in the loksbha polls? people want some relief and they don't need an election. If bjp can not prove their majority on the floor, they will quit and you will have a chance to form a govt. by shutting your mouth and talking about the needs of the people, you will get some votes. other wise, you will be history.
            1. J
              Joseph R Stephen
              Jul 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm
              The people where very unhappy with congress and its corrupt ministers.BJP made use of the discontent and come to power whereas many faileddians are the loosers always and forever.No wonder our youths are dying to go out of the country and become successful.
              1. K
                Jul 18, 2014 at 5:11 am
                In general, the act or process of not dissolving the embly and keeping it in suspended animation, encourages indulgence in horse trading (or rather MLAs trading) in a systemic manner, unless the possibilities of "unattached" Independent MLAs existed in supporting government formation. The Delhi Lt Governor's case is no exception. There was no justification in not dissolving the Delhi embly and ordering polls along with Lok Sabha elections, especially after BJP having then declared never to indulge in horse trading and Congress categorically stating not to support any government formation !
                1. N
                  Nikes Here
                  Jul 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm
                  Ever since AK has been in news...I only find allegations and noise from AAP. Not sure what the value to a reader like me from this useless news
                  1. S
                    Jul 17, 2014 at 12:34 pm
                    AK49 should stop creating panic and blaming everybody except himself. His words are no more pleasing to the voters. Better concentrate on NGO work faithfully and without calling everybody dishonest and corrupt.
                    1. R
                      Jul 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm
                      Need of the hour is a Govt. Congress do not have numbers close by. AAP ruled and failed.
                      1. R
                        Ramkumar Srinivasan
                        Jul 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm
                        What did AAP do? They pretended to fight Congress tooth and nail. Without having a majority they formed Govt with Congress Support. Less than 50 days...they resigned. (Even a bad movie will run for 50 Days somewhere in the Country). DID NOT fulfil any promise given to Delhiites. Now they are losing gas. Pity.
                        1. R
                          Jul 17, 2014 at 10:52 pm
                          Doesn't Mr Kejriwal find his gibberish a bit too hollow? He was the one who went to the Congress to form a Government, much against the wishes of the people and the mandate he received? Now he is crying foul because he has nothing left to look forward to for another 5 years except for scream from the sidelines of politics?
                          1. S
                            Sachin jagade
                            Jul 17, 2014 at 5:13 pm
                            AK49 alias Kejri alias Bhagoda. ...go home for good and don't step back into electoral politics. You and your bunch of good for nothing guys, are a national burden. AAP has lost all face and has nothing to show as achievements to the nation. AAP is a conglomerate of frustrated individuals who thought they can take the public for a ride 2nd time. Alas it was not to be.
                            1. U
                              U N
                              Jul 17, 2014 at 4:16 pm
                              Kejriwal's allegations are baseless. He formed a Government with the support of Congress MLAs. Did he pay to these MLAs? Jokers role is in circus and not in embly Does he mean to say that Congress MLAs are horses standing in markets for ?
                              1. C
                                Jul 17, 2014 at 1:19 pm
                                A person/party who shirked the responsibility and ran away from the post even after giving him/them power has no moral right to criticize/comment on others it only shows his/their foolishness. Jaihind
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