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Will Neither Take Nor Extend Support to BJP, Cong: AAP

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal today ruled out giving any support to BJP to form a government in Delhi and termed as personal comments in this regard by party leader Prashant Bhushan.

"There is no question of supporting BJP. What Prashant said yesterday was his personal opinion," he tweeted this morning shortly after a meeting of his party leaders which decided not to take or give support to Congress or BJP.

Bhushan had last night told a TV channel that AAP may consider supporting BJP if the party gives AAP in writing that it will pass the Jan Lokpal Bill.

The noted lawyer himself clarified today that what he had said last night was in a rhetorical context.

"What I said was in a rhetorical context. I meant that if BJP becomes like AAP and does those things which AAP has been formed for and AAP believes in, then we can think of supporting them. But this is not possible because these parties can never become like AAP," he told reporters today.

Asked about government formation, Kejriwal said as the single largest party, BJP should form the government and take support from Congress.

"BJP has been given the mandate. It is the single largest party. So it should try and form the government taking support of Congress," he said.

Bhushan said the party will not stake claim to form government and prefer to sit in the opposition.

"We cannot support BJP or Congress as AAP was formed as an alternative to them. People have supported us so that we can establish an alternative politics in the country," Bhushan said.

Hectic consultations were on in both AAP and BJP two days after the Assembly elections threw up a split verdict that gave majority to none in the 70-member House.

While BJP has emerged as the single largest party having won 31 seats, its ally Akali Dal (Badal) has bagged one constituency, leaving it four MLAs short of majority mark of 36.

AAP, on the other hand, has got 28 seats followed by Congress with eight. JD-U has won one seat while the Mundka seat has gone to an Independent.

BJP has also said that it will not stake claim to form government.

"We have no numbers. We do not want to purchase any MLA," former BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who is party in-charge for Delhi, had said yesterday.

The AAP legislators had yesterday unanimously elected Kejriwal as their leader in the Delhi Assembly.

Asked about newly elected AAP MLA from Seemapuri, Dharmendra Singh Koli, being booked on charges of molestation and rioting on a complaint by former Congress MLA Veer Singh Dhinghan, party spokesperson Manish Sisodia said the allegations were politically motivated.

Kejriwal said that his party will neither take nor extend support to anybody for government formation in Delhi after comments of Prashant Bhushan fueled speculation that the party may support BJP.

"We had a meeting yesterday and another today. It has been decided that neither we will take support nor give," Kejriwal told reporters.

Asked about Bhushan's comments that AAP can give issue based support to BJP, Kejriwal said, "It is his (Bhushan's) own opinion....He could not come for yesterday's meeting. It has been decided in today morning's meeting that we will neither take nor extend support to anybody."

The AAP Convener said, "I want to tell the country that Delhi has sown a hope. It is not our fight, AAP is a small party with a small number of people. It is not the fight of AAP but the fight of common man.

"I appeal to all good people, good organisations and good political forces to unite as this is a historic moment to change the country....Join us, we will move out of the way and give preference to you. There are no ego issues, we all need to come together," he said.

He asked the "good" people in political parties to revolt against their parties if they were not happy with the policies of their organisation and were feeling chocked. "If you are not satisfied with them, then come to us," he said.

On Congress leader Shaqeel Ahmed remarks on government formation, he said there is no question of taking their support.

To a question on Congress leader V Narayanasamy's comment that the government was sincere about passing the Lokpal Bill, he shot back, asking "which Lokpal Bill...The lame and handicapped one or the Janlokpal bill".

"You can call any bill a Lokpal Bill," he said.

On Seemapuri MLA Dharmendra Koli who is facing charges of molestation and rioting, Kejriwal said that there were two things in this issue.

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11/D-174
Dec 10, 2013
08:56 PM

Arrogance of seasonal weed. I am wondering how long people of India are going to take this self-righteous BS from Kejariwal.

Uday Sharma, Bangalore
10/D-141
Dec 10, 2013
04:54 PM

If the AAP is really thinking about the welfare of New Delhi public, shouldn't it extend supprt to either BJP or Congress and form a government?  If it thinks BJP is communal wouldn't be more effective in nullifying BJP's agenda from inside? or if it thinks Congress is corrupt, wouldn't it more effective neutralizing Congress' agenda? Question is not whether AAP wants to extend its support to BJP or Congress.  The real question is, whether they want its support or not.  Because which party will be willing to say we can't fulfill AAP's lofty promises?

P.B. Joshipura, Suffolk, Virginia
9/D-140
Dec 10, 2013
04:32 PM

"Will neither take nor extend support" -  Neither is AAP taking the initiative to form a govt nor is it allowing BJP to form one.  With such an arrogant rigid stance AAP may lose public sympathy. In case of reelection, BJP will be seen as a party more likely to provide a stable government than AAP.

K.Suresh, Bangalore
8/D-136
Dec 10, 2013
04:09 PM

The traditional parties are trying to shy away from power, knowing that they cannot indulge in loot under the watchful eye of the 'You and Me Together" party.

Such a shameful waste of public money. All these BJP netas should be tried for wasting public election money and put in jail.

Misogynist, Chennai
7/D-135
Dec 10, 2013
04:07 PM

If BJP forms a government, what is guarantee that AAP will not get together with Congress and throw the government out, thus humiliating BJP?  What AAP has done or said that would generate confidence?  New Delhi voters voted for AAP because of its lofty promises.  Now that time has come to perform they have developed clay feet.

P.B. Joshipura, Suffolk, Virginia
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