Make poll promises that are in the realm of possibility: Manmohan Singh

A day after Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said it will take a final decision on government formation December 23, after seeking public opinion in the national capital, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday told the Congress leaders not to make promises to the electorates that cannot be fulfilled.

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2013, 10:53 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: A day after Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said it will take a final decision on government formation December 23, after seeking public opinion in the national capital, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday told the Congress leaders not to make promises to the electorates that cannot be fulfilled.

In an apparent reference to AAP, Dr Singh, while addressing the Congress Parliamentary Party meet said that only those promises should be made that are in the realm of possibility.

The AAP had a stunning debut in Delhi elections and won 28 seats in the 70-member Assembly.

AAP had promised to cut power tariff by 50 percent and supply 700 litres of water free to each household daily if it comes to power in the national capital.

PM’s statement comes as both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress have been criticising the AAP of not willing to form the government.

Congress, which only managed to bag 8 seats in the Delhi polls, has offered outside support to the new political outfit.

The tenure of the current Assembly will end on December 18 and President`s Rule has to be imposed after that if a government is not put in place by then, top officials said.

The BJP had declined to form government citing lack of majority following which Jung had invited AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal to discuss government formation.

BJP has repeatedly attacked AAP saying the party was not interested in forming the government as it will not be able to fulfill the promises made in its manifesto.

Kejriwal yesterday said it would seek a "yes" or "no" from the people following a split verdict that has given no political party enough seats in the 70-member assembly to take power on its own.

"If the people say `yes`, we will form a government," Kejriwal told the media.