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AAP all set to form govt in Delhi with Cong support
Kejriwal to meet Lt Governor today to communicate decision
Ananya Panda
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 22
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is all set to stake the claim for a minority state government in Delhi with the support of eight Congress legislators.

While the official announcement is to be made tomorrow, AAP chief and leader of its elected MLAs, Arvind Kejriwal, will meet Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung at 12.30 pm to communicate his decision that was taken following referenda elicited from Delhi voters across 272 wards that clearly looked to be favouring an AAP government.

On Sunday, the electorate’s mood during the four public meetings in New Delhi Assembly constituency -- that AAP’s obvious chief ministerial choice Arvind Kejriwal addressed -- swung to AAP’s side after he read out the open letter containing details of the 18 counts on which AAP had sought clarification from the established rival parties -- the Congress and BJP.

“People here want AAP to form the government and the decision would be made public after we collect the results from meetings across the city.

“We will make the announcement tomorrow and meet the Lieutenant Governor to convey our decision on government formation,” said the activist-turned-politician who looks set to become the fifth Chief Minister of Delhi even as he maintained that the decision would be taken by the party’s elected legislators tomorrow.

Earlier, he went to seek the people’s opinion on AAP’s next move at Lodhi Colony, Sarojini Nagar, Kali Bari and Gole Market while his colleagues like AAP legislator from Patparganj Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Yadav held meetings with the common man at several other venues.

Kejriwal said that his party’s victory is the common man’s win and his party would fulfil the promises made in the manifesto with price rise and Jan Lokpal being on top of the agenda.

“This is the first time that an event (referendum) is happening in India. Earlier, the people’s role was limited to casting votes. Now, they are a part of the system of governance. “We are here to change the notion of politics -- something that happens behind doors closed to the public. AAP leaders — common men — have defeated Congress stalwarts and this is democracy’s victory. This is known as ‘swaraj’,” he said.

“Both the Congress and BJP have taken the people for granted for long. Winning the elections is just the beginning. Together, we (AAP and the electorate of Delhi) have to cleanse politics and affect a change,” said the AAP founder at Gole Market.

He said that his party would deliver and do a better job than the Congress and BJP. “We know you (people) expect a lot from us and we will deliver if we form the government. We will work out plans to implement the assurances made by us. We will also ensure that a Jan Lokpal Bill is passed,” Kejriwal said.

Setting a new trend of participatory democracy, the party held an extensive exercise over the past seven days to gauge public opinion through public meetings organised in the 70 constituencies across the national capital where participants were asked to give their mandate by raising their hands, SMSes and web poll.

AAP received the electorate’s support to be the ruling side in nearly 110 meetings while the people in 18 others opposed the popular feeling. AAP member Ashish Talwar said, “We are going to release the results for remaining 42 ‘jan sabhas’ tomorrow.”

“We received a total of 7.5 lakh responses through various channels. Now, we are verifying the number. The figure is expected to go down to less than 7 lakh when we remove the duplicates,” said AAP volnteer Dilip Pandey, in-charge of SMSes-web polling.





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