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