Former chief minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday met Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung and reportedly requested him to not dissolve the Delhi Assembly. It is learnt that Kejriwal told the Lt-Governor that the AAP plans to hold “jan sabhas to garner public opinion on whether they should form a government in Delhi again”. But, this time, the Congress has refused to back the AAP.
“It was communicated to the Lt-Governor’s office not to dissolve the Delhi Assembly, but to keep it in suspended animation. The party plans to hold jan sabhas (public meetings) in Delhi in the coming weeks to gauge opinion on whether the AAP should form government in Delhi again,’’ an official said.
Kejriwal was accompanied by senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia. Their meeting with Jung lasted nearly half-hour.
Two month ago, the AAP had approached the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Lt-Governor to dissolve the Assembly after the Kejriwal government resigned on February 14 over its failure to pass the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill.
After the Delhi Assembly elections threw up a hung Assembly, the AAP, which had 28 seats, had formed government with support from the Congress, which had eight MLAs. However, just 49 days later, Kejriwal resigned as chief minister.
Following the AAP’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections, a section of AAP leaders had mooted that the party form government in Delhi again. But another section disagreed and pushed for fresh polls.
The latter believes their performance in the LS elections — a second place finish to the BJP in all seven constituencies — augured well for the AAP in a state election. Those pushing for jan sabhas within the AAP believe that the process would bring the party back into focus in Delhi even if it does not result in a decision on government formation.
“This was just a courtesy meeting. There was no talk of forming the government as the Congress is no longer willing to support us and we do not have the required numbers to form a government without that,’’ an AAP spokesperson said.
The BJP and its allies had won 32 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly. However, its number came down to 28 after three MLAs, Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Parvesh Singh were elected MPs.
The least number of women candidates have been fielded by the Congress which has given tickets to just five women contestants.