Will go back to people on forming government in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal to L-G

Leaders split on early polls, AAP tells Jung not to dissolve House.

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | New Dehi | Updated: May 21, 2014 9:48 am
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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.

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    Priya
    May 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm
    The number 49 is going to haunt him for a long time - because it has become a weapon for rival parties. Any people of this country are ok with corruption - ok with paying double price for fuel. Only they want govt. lasting more than 49 days...
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      Bhantunana
      May 21, 2014 at 1:08 am
      This man Kejri has become the worst liar and a hypocrite. He is getting decimated faster than expected.
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        Chandubhai Bolefatafat
        May 21, 2014 at 11:36 am
        With his "grhopper"style of shifting stands, Kejriwal has proved himself as NOT fit to be deemed a leader!What he needs most is a stay away from Delhi for a period of three months to rest and recuperate!
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          Purush
          May 22, 2014 at 1:00 am
          Very well said.
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            Rajesh
            May 21, 2014 at 7:48 am
            See. In all cases AAP would not have done well, because it is a new party. It will take time for AAP to get established.
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              Rajesh
              May 21, 2014 at 7:46 am
              This is your view. Your view may not be correct. How AAP has managed to increase its vote share from 29% to 32.6%. You believe in democracy or dictatorship.
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                Jay Sheth
                May 21, 2014 at 1:25 am
                THE HYPOCRIT kEJRIWAL SHOULD NOT ALLOWED TO FORM THE DELHI GOVERNMENT. HAVE NEW ELECTION AND AAP PARTY WILL NOT WIN ANY SEATS. THEY FOOL SOME POPLE FOR A SHORT TIME. KEJRIAWAL DOS NOT HAVE ANY VISION OR EXPERIENCE OF RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT. HE CAN SEAT AT JUNTER MANTER AND SWEEP THE STREET WITH THE BROOM. BY CONTESTING AGAINST MODI HE WAS LOOKING FOR A CHEAP PUBLICITY WHICH HE ACHIEVED. HIS MOTIVE WAS NOT THE ANTI CORRUPTION BUT TO GET FAST FAME. GOOD THING HAPPEN THAT HIS PARTY WAS ELIMINATED AT EARLY STAGE. GOD BLESS INDIA.
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                  Govind
                  May 20, 2014 at 10:01 pm
                  Arvind k can hold jan sabha. Since he cannot get simple majority by any calculations I feel it is foolish on his part to try circus. His credibility has taken a beating and it will take time for Aam Admi to trust him. He should ask for Dissolution of embly and face the election as and when it is held. In his jan sabha he can bring up his plans for Aam Admi
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