AAP Speak­ing in Two Voices on Re-form­ing Govt in Cap­i­tal

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - RI­TIKA CHO­PRA

Is AAP plot­ting its re­turn to power in the Cap­i­tal? Stung by its bit­ter de­feat in the elec­tions, the party ap­pears to be speak­ing in two voices on re-form­ing govern­ment in Delhi, with sup­port from the Congress. The idea, first pro­posed by AAP MLA Ra­jesh Garg at a re­view meet­ing on Fri­day, found quite a few tak­ers, in­clud­ing se­nior found­ing mem­ber Shazia Ilmi. Speak­ing to ET, she ad­mit­ted many MLAs and Lok Sabha can­di­dates of the party were sup­port­ing the idea. “I agree that AAP should form govern­ment and show what good and hon­est gov­er­nance is all about. Our sup­port­ers did not ap­prove of our de­ci­sion to re­sign, but that was pos­i­tive re­sent­ment. We can change that now,” she said. The pro­posal, how­ever, might not pass muster at the meet­ing of the Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs Com­mit­tee (PAC), the high­est de­ci­sion-mak­ing body of the party. Four PAC mem­bers, in­clud­ing Prah­sant Bhushan, Man­ish Siso­dia and Ashutosh are not in fa- vour of this. “I don’t think there’s any ques­tion of seek­ing Congress’ sup­port now as we had made it clear at the out­set that we are not here for power pol­i­tics. We want to change the sys­tem and our ex­pe­ri­ence tells us that we can’t ac­com­plish that with Congress’ sup­port,” Bhushan said.

Party ide­o­logue Yo­gen­dra Ya­dav did not want to com­ment on the is­sue.

AAP had won 28 seats out of 70 in the Delhi as­sem­bly elec­tions. Al­though BJP had the largest num­ber of seats, 32, AAP had formed govern­ment with the sup­port of eight Congress MLAs. This coali­tion, how­ever, did not last long as party leader Arvind Ke­jri­wal re­signed as the CM within 49 days of stay­ing in power over the is­sue of pass­ing the anti-cor­rup­tion bill.

Congress leader Sha­keel Ahmed said: “We haven’t re­ceived any­thing from them. What you are ask­ing me is purely hy­po­thet­i­cal and I do not wish to com­ment on it.”

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