New Delhi, May 20 :
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday met Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung even as the Congress made it clear it will not help the party form a government in the city.
The AAP Tuesday told Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung that it wants to form the government in Delhi, and asked him not to dissolve the legislative assembly.
“We have told the Lt. Governor that we want to form the government in Delhi. We asked him not to dissolve the assembly and sought two weeks’ time,” a senior leader of the Aam Aadmi Party told IANS.
After the Lok Sabha polls, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party began exploring possibilities to form the government in Delhi, which has been under President’s rule since Feb 17.
The development occurred on a day when the Congress reiterated that it will not support the AAP to form a government in Delhi.
Some news reports had surfaced that three Congress legislators reportedly expressed their desire to extend outside support to the AAP.
The AAP has 27 legislators and the Congress has eight in a house of 70.
An AAP leader, however, said since the Congress has ruled out outside support to the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, there was not much the party could do.
The AAP has 27 legislators while the Congress has eight in a house of 70.
In a letter to the Lt. Governor, the AAP said it will hold public meeting in Delhi to obtain people’s opinion on forming the government.
Meanwhile, Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely told IANS that the party will not support the AAP.
“We will not support the AAP at any cost. When we gave them the opportunity, they ran away. We are ready for fresh elections,” Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said here.
“There is consensus in the party over this issue. It is up to the BJP to form the government,” Lovely told reporters.
Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Ajay Maken tweeted: “Under no circumstances the Congress will support the AAP to form a government in Delhi.”
Earlier, a section of AAP legislators – not in favour of re-elections – wanted the party to form the government with the help of the Congress. The AAP officially declined to do so.
In February, Chief Minister Kejriwal resigned over his failure to pass the Jan Lokpal bill in the assembly.