Arvind Kejriwal admits division in AAP over Delhi govt formation

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New Delhi, Dec 18: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday admitted that a section in his party wanted to form the government in Delhi after producing a good result in the recently held assembly elections.

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Speaking to the Times Now, Kejriwal said personally he was not in favour of entering in any sort of alliance with either the Congress or the BJP but admitted that the party was a divided house on forming a government in alliance. None of the three main parties, namely, the BJP, AAP and Congress managed to get a majority in the house, leaving the door ajar for President's Rule in the state till fresh elections are held.

Kejriwal, who floated the AAP last year, said many in the party believed that they were evading their responsibility by not forming the government. The Congress with 8 seats offered unconditional support to the AAP, which has 28 seats in the 70-seat assembly. The BJP had 31 seats while the Shiromani Akali Dal and Janata Dal (United) had one seats each.

Kejriwal said the seeking public opinion was raw but there was no option

One seat was won by an independent. While the BJP turned down the invitation to form the government, the AAP refused to make an alliance with either of the two national parties, leaving no other option for Lt Governor Najeb Jung but to recommend President's Rule in his report to the Union home ministry.

As the second largest party, the AAP sought some more time so that it could ask the people of Delhi whethr they would form the government with the Congress's support.When asked whether the process of seeking the people's opinion on government formation was apt and why the party itself couldn't take a decision on its own, Krjriwal accepted that the entire process was preliminary and raw. He said they had to think on this line to get a sense of the people for there was no other option.

The AAP leader agreed that it is not possible to go to the people on all issues but said they have to do it for some critical issues. He said the Congress's replying to the 18 points that the AAP leadership had raised had no purpose. The AAP had also written to the BJP but the latter did not reply.

On the question on his relation with social activist Anna Hazare, Kejriwal said the vested political interest in the country targetted to create a rift between them. He said they opponents were afraid of their joint power.

On the question of the disagreement between him and Hazare on the Lokpal Bill which was passed in the two houses of the Parliament in the past two days, Kejriwal said they felt that the current bill is weak. Hazare and Kejriwal, who launched the movement against corruption in 2011, parted ways after the AAP was launched last year. Rift between Hazare and the AAP was also seen coming out in the open recently when the former was undertaking a fast for the passage of the bill in Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra.

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