Delhi logjam: Aam Aadmi Party to take public opinion before govt formation

In the latest development, according to reports on late Monday night most of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs are in favour of formation of government in the national capital.

By Sushmita Dutta | Updated: Dec 17, 2013, 03:52 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: After much ado, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs have built a consensus in favour of forming government in the national capital, reports said on late Monday night.

As per AAP sources, four public meetings will be held in every constituency of Delhi. If people opine that AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal should form a government, then the party will do so.

The sources further revealed that AAP is willing to form government in Delhi only if people want. The final decision will be taken after holding 280 public meetings held 7 days in which the party will want to know the masses view.

Earlier in the day, AAP spokesperson Manish Sisodia had said that the party will take a decision on Congress` reply on the 18 issues raised by party leader Arvind Kejriwal tomorrow.

"We will be cautious and not take a hurried decision. People need to decide," Manish Sisodia said.

MLA from Patparganj Sisodia added, "Our political affairs committee will meet and discuss also will go to the people for opinion. We have received the reply from Congress on the 18 issues raised by AAP on Saturday. The party`s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) will meet tomorrow and decide the next course of action."

After Congress had decided to extend unconditional support to AAP last week, Kejriwal wrote letters to Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and BJP President Rajnath Singh seeking their parties` views on the 18 issues, including passing of Janlokpal, full statehood to Delhi, reduction on water tariff and audit of power discoms among others, before moving ahead to form a government.

Meanwhile, another AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said that the party would hold public meetings in 270 municipal wards, put Congress` reply to the issues and seek the opinion of the people whether AAP should form a government or not.

AAP had been sticking to its stand of neither taking support from Congress nor from BJP nor will it support them.

On public opinion that they may take this procedure as wastage of time, Vishwas said "every party has its way of functioning and ours is of active participation of common man."

"If they have waited for 15 years, they can wait for four more days and everything would be clear," he said.

Asked if he sees any possibility of fresh election for Delhi assembly, Vishwas said he did want to predict about it and become a "laughing stock".

AAP finished second in the race for control of Delhi with 28 seats, just behind BJP with 31 seats of its own in the 70-member assembly.

Taking a dig at the newly formed AAP, Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed had said, "AAP is a new party, so a lack of experience, they did not know that 16 points are administrative."

"16 points are not legislative so our support not needed. Rest 2 we support but also are out of Delhi`s governance reach," he added.

With PTI inputs