In a letter to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, expelled Aam Aadmi Party MLA Vinod Kumar Binny on Wednesday announced that he was withdrawing his support to the AAP government in Delhi.
With the other two MLAs — JD(U) MLA Shoaib Iqbal, independent MLA Ramvir Shokeen — who had joined Binny, doing a U-turn, an alliance between the three has ended.
“I have written to the Lieutenant-Governor today (Wednesday), informing him that I was withdrawing support to the AAP. Whatever promises the party had made prior to the elections regarding water, power and women’s security have not been acted on,” Binny said.
Asked if he would support the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Delhi Assembly, Binny said he would support the Bill only if it is “Annaji’s version of the Jan Lokpal Bill”.
On the alliance with Iqbal and Shokeen, Binny said, “We were forming a group with development as the core issue. Our Akali Dal MLA Sirsa, JD(U) MLA Shoaib Iqbal and some municipal councillors had expressed their support earlier. However, Shoaib Iqbal has done a U-turn on the matter. We will not be taking the alliance forward.”
When Newline contacted him, Iqbal said he was not withdrawing support to the AAP as the party had assured him of action on its poll promises.
“We had given it (AAP) 48 hours to act on the promises that it had made while releasing the party manifesto ahead of the Delhi elections. I had a word with AAP leaders and they have assured me that they will take immediate steps on the promises made,” Iqbal said.
A day after being expelled from party for indiscipline, Binny, on January 27, had gone on an indefinite fast against the AAP for not living up to its promises.
Less than four hours later, Binny ended his fast stating that he was giving the AAP government 10 days to fulfil its promises.
Following this, Binny had claimed he had the support of five other MLAs and that if their demands were not met, they will pull down the government.