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Arvind Kejriwal to meet Najeeb Jung Monday, may stake claim to form govt
Sunday December 22, 2013 6:02 PM, IANS

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said Sunday that its leader Arvind Kejriwal will meet Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung around Monday noon, amid indications that it was ready to form a government in Delhi.

An AAP spokesperson told IANS that Kejriwal will address the media at 11 a.m. Monday and then proceed to meet Jung.

The AAP has been engaged in a campaign to elicit a 'yes' or 'no' from people on government formation with Congress backing after it finished as the second largest party with 28 seats in the 70-member assembly.

The spokesperson added that most of the people AAP had got in touch with or who contacted the party through SMS and social media were in favour of the one-year-old party ruling Delhi.

The Delhi election threw up a fractured mandate, with the BJP ending up with 31 seats. But it refused to form a government. The Congress won only eight seats. The Lt. Governor then invited the AAP.

Meanwhile, in the first clear indication that his party was ready to form a government in Delhi despite a hung verdict, Arvind Kejriwal while addressing the media on Sunday said, "We will perform."

Kejriwal said it was wrong to say that his party was shy of taking power despite being invited by the Lt. Governor after it won 28 seats in the 70-member Delhi assembly.

"We will deliver whatever assurances we made in our manifesto. It (the manifesto) was prepared after wide consultations and a lot of thought went into it," Kejriwal said.

"Moreover, the people of Delhi are expecting much more from us, and we will perform," he added.

The AAP is engaged in getting a 'yes' or 'no' from people in the capital on whether or not it should form a government with the legislative support of the Congress, a party it fought against in the elections.

Kejriwal said the party was holding public meetings across the city.

"We will make the declaration tomorrow (Monday) morning only after we get the opinion of the people," he said.

"This is the first time such a thing is happening in India.

"Earlier, the common man's role was limited to just voting. But we are going back to them and making them feel empowered," he added. "We are the talk of the town. This is true democracy."

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the single largest party in the house with 31 seats, declined to form a government.

The Congress was routed and won only eight seats. It has offered outside support to the AAP.

Kejriwal said if the party did form a government in Delhi, the promised date of Dec 29 to pass the Lokpal bill in Delhi would have to be postponed by a week.

"A lot of time has been lost... If we form government, the date to pass the bill will have to be shifted by around a week. But we will definitely pass it."


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