AAP ready to form government in Delhi

Ending almost two-week-long deadlock, the Aam Admi Party -- born out of Anna Hazare's anti-corruption agitation-- today decided to form government in the national capital by taking outside support from the Congress which the newbie handed a crushing defeat in the December 4 Assembly polls.

The party took the decision to form the government at a meeting of political affairs committee after analysing the results of the public referendum it had carried out in the last few days on the issue.

Arvind Kejriwal, who led the debutant party to a spectacular victory in the polls winning 28 seats in the 70-member assembly, will be the Chief Minister of Delhi if the Lt Governor allows AAP to form the government, party leader Manish Sisodia said.

Arvind Kejriwal

After the two-hour-long meeting, Kejriwal said AAP has decided to give a letter to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung expressing its readiness to form the government.

"We were called by the Lt Governor to discuss government formation on December 14. We had sought time to take a decision as ours is a party of common people and we want to their views.

"We got responses from the citizens through website, phone calls, SMS and by holding public meetings and most of them favoured government formation by AAP. We are now going to give the letter to LG saying that AAP is ready to form the government," Kejriwal told reporters at AAP's office in Kausambi here.

He said the party held 280 public meetings accross Delhi and in 257 such gatherings people favoured formation of government by the party while the rest opined that they it should not take powers.  

The AAP had bagged 28 seats in the 70-member Delhi assembly. The Bharatiya Janata Party had emerged as the single largest party by winning 31 seats while the Congress had stood a poor third with eight seats.

The BJP decided not to form the government, following which AAP leaders met Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and sought 10 days time. The AAP then held a referendum to know from the people whether or not they should form a minority government.

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