Opted for fresh election as it was the only way out: Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal sought to clarify that he opted for fresh elections despite having requested the Delhi LG not to dissolve the assembly after Najeeb Jung told him government formation was not possible due to technical reasons.

PTI| Last Updated: May 30, 2014, 01:04 AM IST

New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal today sought to clarify that he opted for fresh elections despite having requested the Delhi Lt Governor not to dissolve the assembly after Najeeb Jung told him government formation was not possible due to technical reasons.

"I agree that I wrote to the Lt Governor (last week) asking him not to dissolve the assembly as I wanted to ask people on whether we should form the government," Kejriwal told volunteers at a meeting held here.

"The next day when I met the Lt Governor, he said that government formation was not possible due to technical reasons and fresh election was the only solution," he said.

According to the AAP leader, after the Lok Sabha results, he had called a meeting of party MLAs. Of the 20 who attended, 16 legislators favoured government formation over election.

"Of the four who opposed government formation also changed their view due to public opinion. I also called a meeting of those who had lost in the assembly and Lok Sabha election and 90 per cent favoured government formation.
"This was when I decided to go to people and seek views on the issue and wrote to the Lt Governor not to dissolve the assembly for a week," Kejriwal said.
He added that under the current circumstances, it was not possible to form the government and early election was the way out.