Delhi updates: Kejriwal refuses to take security

AAP to announce govt formation today?
New Delhi, Dec 23: The Delhi deadlock is likely to end soon as sources say the Aam Aadmi Party will soon announce its decision to form government in the state. Follow the updates here. 

7:00 pm: On asking how the party would fulfill the 18 promises, given the fact that none of the party candidates have any exposure in politics, Kumar Vishwas said that Kejriwal and Sisodia have the agility and the aggression to fulfill their goals and AAP's promises were not hollowed.

6 pm: Kejriwal refuses to take security

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who is all set to don the role of CM in Delhi, has refused to take security cover. Delhi police had offered him Z category security, which he refused.

2:30 pm: Kejriwal meets Lt Governor

Arvind Kejriwal met lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung to inform him of AAP's decision to form government in Delhi. 

1:40 pm: BJP unleashes attack on AAP

The BJP has unleashed attack on AAP for taking support from the Congress. "Now let us see how AAP is going to handle Common Wealth Scam case, said the BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Aam Aadmi Party has decided to form government in Delhi with support from Congress.

Former Delhi Sheila Dikshit repeated on Monday that AAP should fulfill the promises it made to the people of Delhi.

1pm: Hazare refuses to comment on Kejriwal

Social activist Anna Hazare today refused to comment on AAP forming a government in Delhi. "No comments. I have nothing to say. If that is what they want, let them do it," he told reporters.

12.57pm: Ready to form government says Kejriwal

After speaking to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, Arvind Kejriwal said that he has submitted his letter to the governor. The swearing in ceremony is likely to be at Ramlila Maidan. After attaining presidential consent, the date of swearing in will be decided, said Kejriwal. 

12.25 pm: Kejriwal reaches Lt Governor's residence

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal meets Lt Governor to claim stake in Delhi government formation.

11:33am: Sheila's veiled attack on AAP

Delhi's former chief minister Sheila Dikshit dared AAP on Monday to fulfill their 'unrealistic promises'. It is to be noted that the AAP is mulling over accepting Congress' external support to form a government in Delhi. However, Sheila made it clear that Congress' support to AAP will be conditional. "We haven't said that we will them give unconditional support", Sheila said. 

"Whenever we feel AAP has stopped performing, we will pull out", she warned. 

The BJP leader Harsh Vardhan slammed AAP for partnering with Congress. "By joining hands with Congress, AAP has betrayed Delhi people", he said. AAP has yet not announced whether they are taking Congress's support  to form government or not. 

11:18 am: AAP to form government

AAP made the formal announcement that the party will form government in Delhi with Arvind Kejriwal as chief minister.

The party major Manish Sisodiya announced the decision and sources say that the swearing in ceremony will be on December 26 at Jantar Mantar. Kejriwal said that 250 out of 280 public meeting held in Delhi were in favour of AAP forming government in the national capital. 

11:00am: Meeting concludes, AAP to announce decision shortly

The meeting of top leaders of Aam Aadmi Party concluded and the party chief Arvind Kejriwal will announce the party's decision on government formation in a short while. 

The party members are waiting for Arvind Kejriwal to announce the party's decision. Kejriwal is set to meet Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today to inform him about the party's decision. 

It is not clear whether AAP will accept Congress' support or not. Many AAP leaders like Kumar Viswas have said that the party will not ally with Congress or BJP. That a first-time party is going to rule Delhi has caught the nation's attention and the whole country has been keenly observing the developments in Delhi. 

10:30am: Announcement at 11am

Arvind Kejriwal has said that the party will announce its decision to form government in Delhi at 11am.

"Will not ally with Congress"

Meanwhile, AAP leader Kumar Viswas told Times Now that AAP will not ally with Congress. "We will not ally with the Congress party or the BJP. We will go to the Lt Governor and say the public has asked us to form the government. When our majority will be tested, those who wish to serve the people of Delhi will support us. If we form the government, we will deliver on all promises," said AAP leader Kumar Vishwas.

However, sources say that the AAP will take Congress' external support without which it can't form a government in Delhi. 

Kiran Bedi tweets

Social activist Kiran Bedi on Sunday tweeted, With acceptance of conditional support of Congress by AAP we may be left wondering every morning whose in d ruling & who is in Opposition?"

9:50am: "Undemocratic", terms Prashant Bhushan

The AAP-Congress tie-up is undemocratic, said lawyer and AAP leader Prashant Bhushan on Sunday in a interview with Times of India. "The BJP, despite wining the highest number of seats, will be left out of the government, "which is not democratic", he said. However, AAP has no other choice now, he added. 

9:30am: AAP meet begins

The party members have met in party office in Kaushambi, said sources. Arvind Kejriwal will meet Lt Governor Najeeb Jung at 12:30pm today. But before that, he will make a public announcement of the party's decision. 

9:15am: AAP's big day

The party leader Manish Sisodiya pn Monday said that this is not just a big day for AAP but a big day for Indian politics. The AAP is set to announce their decision on government formation in Delhi shortly.

Al though the party chief Arvind Kejriwal is tightlipped, sources say that the party will form the government with Kejriwal as the chief minister. Manish Sisodiya, Saurabh Bhardwaj, Vinod Kumar Binny etc are expected to be ministers in the cabinet, according to an Economic Times report.

9:00am: Kejriwal to meet Lt Governor

Sources said that Arvind Kejriwal is set to meet lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung to inform him of AAP's decision. Reportedly, the AAP received over 5.25 lakh responses from Delhi citizens and the majority said AAP should form government in Delhi. 

8:00am: Announcement soon

The Aam Aadmi Party will announce its decision to form government in Delhi today, says a Times Now report on Monday. The party concluded 272 public meetings in the state on Sunday. The party had been consulting Delhi citizens to decide whether to take Congress' support and form the government or not. Reportedly, it has received over 5.25 lakh responses from the people.

However, sources say that the AAP is divided over accepting support from Congress. The AAP has already chalked out a one-week delivery plan for Delhi.

The Congress, on Monday, said that their support to AAP is not unconditional and they are not playing any political game. Both BJP and AAP has fallen short of majority in the recently concluded assembly polls. The Congress could win only 8 seats while the AAP has 28 seats. With Congress support, AAP can form a government in Delhi.

Meanwhile, the BJP alleged that AAP is forgetting their words. The AAP had earlier said that they will not accept support from both the parties BJP and Congress. BJP leader Arun Jaitley accused Arvind Kejriwal of being a 'political opportunist'.

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