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Pressure builds up on AAP to form Government and deliver promises

ANI | Last Updated: Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 14:06

New Delhi: Reacting to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal`s conditions for taking the support offered by the Congress, party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday said the AAP should deliver the promises made to the people by forming the government

"He is getting support from everywhere, so why he asking for ten more days? Now he should form the government and should fulfill the promises he had made to the people," Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

"Lokpal Bill is promised by the UPA government, as it has been initiated by the Congress. There is no need to take credit for it," he added.

Delhi Congress president JP Agarwal said, "He is imposing conditions but we are not placing any conditions. We have offered unconditional support so that there is no additional burden of re-elections and whatever promises he made to the people will be delivered."

"Did we say that we are giving support because we accept their conditions," he added.

"He himself is least bothered about his future course. He does not know where he has to go. This is not a drama. When you are gearing up to run the government, then you should have some weight in the words you use," he said

Another Congress leader Jagdambika Pal said the AAP is insulting the democratic structure of the country by not forming the government in Delhi and asked, "We have offered an unconditional support to them, still they does not form the government, then why did they contest the elections?

Earlier today, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal met Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and discussed the possibility of government formation in Delhi.

After the meeting, Kejriwal said, "Our stand is clear we will take no support nor will provide any support. We have written letters to Rajnath Singh and Sonia Gandhi, asking their stand on the important issues. The government in Delhi will be issue- based."

Listing his 18 conditions, he said, "After their response on these issues comes in, we will hold meeting with the public and whatever their decision is, we will accept it. Whether the public wants a re-election or should we form government with support of the BJP and the Congress. This is what we have told the Lieutenant Governor."

"No support is unconditional. Why are they suddenly offering support to our party? Congress is offering unconditional support and the BJP is offering constructive support. We will ponder upon it, once they reply to our letters," he added.

On Friday evening, the Congress, in a letter written to Najeeb Jung, offered outside and unconditional support for the AAP to form the next government.

Earlier on Friday, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav confirmed the invitation by Lieutenant Governor and said: "The Lieutenant Governor has written a letter, inviting us for a discussion to explore the possibilities of forming the government in Delhi, at Raj Niwas on Saturday morning."

"Arvind will go there and speak to them, though he has been keeping a little unwell, and we will keep our situation in front of them. We do not have a clear majority, and we will tell them that we cannot have a give and take relationship between us, as the AAP does not follow that ideology," he added.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the single largest group in the 70-seat house with 31 members has refused to form a government.

The Congress says that a number of senior leaders of Delhi are of the opinion that the party should extend unconditional support to the Aam Aadmi Party to form a government in the national capital.

AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal, however, said that his party will neither take nor extend support to either BJP or Congress to form the government. He said, AAP is ready for fresh elections in the city.

Harsh Vardhan said, his party does not have enough numbers to form a stable government and is ready to fight the election once again.

First Published: Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 14:06

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