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Updated: December 11, 2013 20:55 IST

‘No truck with Congress or BJP’

    Gargi Parsai
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Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal speaks during an interview with The Hindu, at his residence in Kaushambi near New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.
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Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal speaks during an interview with The Hindu, at his residence in Kaushambi near New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.

Mandate is to sit in opposition, Kejriwal tells The Hindu

The Aam Aadmi Party’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal asserted on Tuesday that there was no question of his party taking support from either the Congress or the BJP.

Describing the Congress and the BJP as parties with “corrupt and similar ideologies,” Mr. Kejriwal rejected the unilateral and ‘unconditional’ support to the AAP announced by the Congress, to enable it to form a government in Delhi. On party colleague Prashant Bhushan’s suggestion that the AAP could provide issue-based support to the BJP, he said Mr. Bhushan had clarified that it was not the party’s view.

Speaking to The Hindu at his fourth-floor apartment in Ghaziabad before rushing to a party meeting in Central Delhi, the 44-year-old former Indian Revenue Service officer said the two main parties could come together and form a government. The Kejriwal home was buzzing with activity as a large group of party workers and journalists thronged it.

Mr. Kejriwal described the poll outcome in Delhi as a “historic mandate” in which the AAP emerged the runner-up with 28 seats. The results showed that people were fed up and “despondent” with the main political parties, he said, appealing to honest people and clean businessmen to join hands with his party. “I also appeal to those in the Congress and the BJP who are feeling suffocated to join us.”

After his election as legislative party leader of the AAP, Mr. Kejriwal credited the impressive victory of the party to “truth, honesty and transparency” to which it was committed. “There is a vacuum for honest politics; people are yearning for honesty and probity in political life.”

Mr. Kejriwal, who emerged a “giant killer,” dethroning Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit by a convincing margin, said it was his principles that prompted him to enter the electoral fray against the three-time Congress Chief Minister. His one-year-old debutant party secured a vote share of 29.6 per cent as against the BJP’s 34.2 per cent.

On the AAP’s future plans, he said his party would contest a few Lok Sabha seats in 2014. He thanked Anna Hazare for his “encouraging” remarks and said he wanted to join the social activist in his fast at Ralegaon Siddhi as a common worker.

Meanwhile, despite the insistence by the AAP that the mandate was for it to sit in the Opposition, the BJP reiterated its reluctance to explore the possibility of forming a government. It wanted the new party to take up the responsibility.

Also, with the Election Commission formally notifying the results, the focus will now shift to Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung.

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This alliance-offer from the Congress Party, enticing the Aam Aadmi Party to form the government, is nothing more than an attempt by this 100-year-old-dynastic party to tarnish the latter’s image as a party for the ordinary masses; it is a clear trap to split the AAP and make it look like one of their political varieties; so that people will become tired of believing any party and abandon their eagerness and efforts to change the system. Reality is that the Indian democracy is under the siege of the professional-political-families and their conglomerate; it is riddled-with corruptions, and has become inseparable from nepotism. No-alliance-with-the BJP-Congress-strategy of the AAP is a fresh initiation to set the progress of the country on the right path. Those who blame the AAP for not forming the govt in Delhi by making alliance with any of these two parties should kindly note that CHANGE is possible only when we think differently in experimenting new aspects in people’s democracy.

from:  A.Kannan
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 12:13 IST

If congress extends unconditional support, AAP should cease this golden
oppertunity and make a positive irrevokable dent in governance, as they
did in politics, campaign and election. They should make drastic changes
to the system to root out curroption, which will send tingling effect to
all other states and people in power. Another election is waste of
money, time and energy.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 11:47 IST

While Congratulating Mr. Arvind Kejrival, the Aam Aadmi Party’s national convener for his thumbing victory in the recent state assembly elections, I appreciate his stand on rejecting both Congress and BJP describing both the parties with “corrupt and similar ideologies,” One can see the ugly face of Congress offering the unilateral and ‘unconditional’ support to the AAP in the face of its total defeat and rejection by the people's mandate. It is evident that Mr. Arvind is not behind power and position. Praying that he should stick to this come what may. Deviating from this may cause injury to his future prospects in the AAP and no doubt people will add AAP to the same list "corrupt and similar ideologies"

from:  A. Sargunam
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 11:16 IST

I would like AAP MLAs spending their time in enabling peoples
participation in governance and eliminating corruption in RTOs,
passport offices and other places, that will be great thing they
can do. I would like to see a comparison between constituencies of
AAP and others and see the the difference they can make in 6 months
to a year from now. Let the people of the rest of the country
demand the same from their local leaders as well.

from:  ambi
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 11:04 IST

Good idea for AAP to sit in opposition as they lack experience in running the administration. Instead of getting bogged in a quagmire its better to learn the ropes gradually so that in the coming years it can grow into a large and honest party.

from:  Avinash
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 10:32 IST

Kejriwal is right. Any vote short of clear majority is a mandate to sit
in opposition. But then if all groups have a mandate to sit in
opposition then what? That is the key issue that has emerged in Delhi.
And in that context not to explore options with others, while
maintaining sanctity of your core values, shows immaturity. And one dare
say arrogance and obstinacy as well.

from:  Purush
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 10:13 IST

If you don’t want to participate in the democratic process of forming a Government, when you have the maximum vote share of Delhi people,
why did you contest in election? You spoke at length about Jan Lok Pal
and Black money till the elections was held and you took the support
of “Aam Admi” to win the election. And now when you and your party have a chance to form a Government and implement the agenda’s of AAP,
you are keeping away from providing support to BJP and even not ready
to accept BJP’s support to form the Government for Delhi. People of
Delhi voted you to form a Govt. and not for sitting in opposition,
which is an easy option which you are looking for, since you enjoy
being “fence sitter”. By doing this, you are escaping from the
responsibility the public has repose upon you, and about to create a
constitutional deadlock in the national capitol and thereby leading to
another election for which again the tax payer’s money has to be
spend. Why do you want to waste Our Money?

from:  Lex Warrier
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 09:36 IST

It is so easy to sit out side and condemn the corruption and chase the
corrupt officials. AAP rode the emotional wave of Delhi Youth and is
in position to form a govt. with outside support of Congress. But it
is not taking up the challenge. Why ? Is it not sure of its own
ability to control corruptions ? What are their views about nations
security situation ? Just by talking you cant wipe out corruptions.
You have do something and to some thing you have to form the govt.
People have given you enough mandate and now just like ANNA , Mr.Kejri
too wants to dump people of India? In this country, if muslim go on
rampage as threatened by Owaisis and Azamkhans, can AAP or elite hindu
in non BJP govt. can protect hindu life and property? Or they will
still look away blaming hindus as communals while actually hindu is
bleeding ? I have this worry. I dont mind bjp or AAP ( no congress )
but what about ny safety?

Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 09:17 IST

In fact, BJP never offered support to AAP. Then where is the point of refusing by AAP. I believe The Hindu Editorial board has been slowly loosing its balance of impartiality. All the times, it will try to show bad light on BJP or try to degrade the BJP. BJP is one of the party which gave honest and decent leaders to the Country. What about AAP Leader,Shanti Bhushan. He is the product of BJP. Did AAP submit the details of spending to the public. If AAP honest, they should disclose each and every penny how they spend it. The Hindu can take side of AAP, don't try to show bad light on the others. You forgot AAP cashed the Anna moment, which running for more than three years with Center of Delhi. AAP gave tickets to rebels of BJP, what kind of ethics they teach different than other parties. I have great respect for Hindu for so many years. Slowly I am loosing that faith in Hindu Editorial Board

from:  srinivasa Jonnalagadda
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 09:15 IST

"A single sinner sinks the boat" Be careful, there are people who shall
be made by their parties to join your AAP only with an aim to spoil you.
Try to admit those people in your party who leave BJP and Congress in
particular, at this time after giving a due thought to it. Women folk
do not usually get into corrupt practices, try to add them to your Party
fold so that 33% reservation is also met by AAP.

from:  Afzal Naqash
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 08:47 IST

AAP should resist all temptations to have any truck with Corrupt Congress and arrogant BJP. These offers of support are similar to sting operations to test the resolve and tenacity of AAM ADMI. Let there be re -poll at the earliest so people who supported AAP do this again with greater vigor and give it an absolute majority to carry out its agenda. Let AAP show its worth in Delhi , as Modi initially did in Gujarat , and then build upon it.

from:  surinder
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 08:35 IST

It is great that Arvind Kejriwal has created a history by defeating
the seasoned politician Sheila Dikshit, which has, in turn, has left
many flabbergasted.
But, having said that, will he be able to give a good governance in
case he comes to power, is the larger question, making things clumsier
as he prefers to sit in the opposition and not on the Chief Minister's
It is true that he has made it has made things worse for the BJP and
Congress as they are now getting a view that the people of the country
are looking for a change, and are no more concerned about religion and
caste based politics, which India's largest political parties have
been following as one of their many ideologies.

from:  B.Sudharsan
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 08:20 IST

After all the tension pain and hullabloo of a new election, it does seem that the UPA also known as the Congress, will be the ultimate winner by default!. With a split verdict leading to a stalemate and the New AAP taking such a principled stand on alliance even with the lesser-evil BJP, the proxy win of the Center is assured. Keeping the immense finance burden as also the waste of time and energy involved in another election, Mr. Kejriwal would do well to take another look at an alliance with the BJP and plan accordingly. After all, in politics, as Rajaji once remarked, there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies and looking at the totally immoral and unethical groupism played by others, he will not be a total failure if he plays his support cards on a point to point basis keeping the national expense at heart.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 08:08 IST

Stay with your views.Don't ever depend other's.

from:  Tobi
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 08:00 IST

It better for Delhi to go for re-elections. Cost of which is lesser than
some of the scams we had. Its better to have a stable government than a
compromised one.

from:  Mahesh
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 07:52 IST

The results of the Delhi assembly has really put the masses through out
the India in dilemma in regard to the hung assembly and above all a
historic win to Aam Aadmi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal .As the Political
Parties are quoting for fresh Elections the Country needs amendment in
the Constitution that if no Party gets the simple majority and the it is
not fesible for a Post Alliance the single largest Part should be
allowed to form and run the Government in the interest of the Country
rather then going for a fresh Polls .

Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 07:33 IST

Both the BJP and the AAP, which secured 32 and 28 seats respectively,
in the Delhi Assembly elections are making a mockery of democracy by
shirking their responsibility. The Congress has been routed and AAP
cannot form a government with outside support for obvious support. BJP
& AAP may not form a coalition government. But, the two parties should
support each other by extending at least outside support to form the
government on rotation basis. Otherwise, they will be forcing
President's rule, which means Congress rule for next six months after
the party was rejected by the people. They are also forcing another
election costing the exchequer a few hundred crores of rupees.

from:  K V Laxmi Prasad
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 07:16 IST

May be Mr. Kejariwal may be sitting on moral high grounds. But the fact that he has entered into the electoral fray itself is a climb down. Unless you dive into the pool, you can't swim. How can he say that the people's mandate to AAP is to sit in opposition. Every voter who voted to that party voted with the belief that they will give a good Government. If people have reposed faith in his party, he should bite the bullet. He should explore the possibility of giving a clean Government. If BJP as a single largest party is not taking up the Government, as the second largest party he should form the minority Government. If anybody upset the cart,(neither BJP or Congress has the courage to do it) then he can go again to the voters with a request for a CLEAR MAJORITY. If people were convinced, they will again elect the AAP. He should have a reason for seeking a clear mandate. His present posture may not lead anywhere. He cannot impose another costly election.

from:  jayenness
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 07:11 IST

At last there is a party and a leader who have decided to sit in as an opposition party. This country is being ruined by post poll alliances with sole aim of usurping power and not with any intention of serving people. Let there be another election/s till people vote giving majority for a party. There is now a need to think of a way out when there is a hung assembly scenario. Post poll alliance is not an answer, indeed it is a fraud on the voter. One reform could be that only two parties with largest representation are allowed to contest in the following election to ensure governance by a popular party.

from:  Jayaprakash
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 07:03 IST

I am also agree with Mr.kejriwal and this election result is really
historical and challenging result for all parties of India.

from:  Farhan karimi
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 05:47 IST

So, What? By his logic, everybody got a mandate to sit in opposition.
Who is going to run the State? He should state his intentions
straightforward that we want a re-election where we will get clear
majority. That's all!!

from:  nilmani
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 05:37 IST

It is a correct decision on the part of AAP not to take responsibility of governing without absolute majority. But to say that it will not truck with either BJP or Congress is not in democratic spirit or political maturity. AAP should stay out of government but support a government for Delhi with BJP on the basis of a common minimum program agreed between the two that is in public interest. Implementation of this program should be assured by agreed procedures to table and pass legislations rather than blackmailing on withdrawal of support at crucial stages.. This is the way to save anarchy and also to put to test whether the two parties are genuinely interested in common good of the people or their own political and party interests.)

from:  Dr. Basheer Ahmed Khan
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 04:16 IST

This is the downside of electing a non seasoned politician, they dont understand that forming a government is an important part of democracy. A fractured mandate is none-the-less a mandate. Such obstinacy and stubborness against participating in forming a government is a mockery of the mandate. I hope AAP(Kejriwal) realises that pushing for an emergency or re-election is doing as much disservice to the people as have an corrupt government.

from:  Mohit
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 04:08 IST

Describing the Congress and the BJP as parties with “corrupt and
similar ideologies,” Mr. Kejriwal rejected ....... is find. But people
don't understand Kejriwal's saying: "I also appeal to those in the
Congress and the BJP who are feeling suffocated to join us”. While
members of these two national parties are corrupts, why he needs
support from the same corrupt people? Is there any sense in his
appeal? Above all AAP is one among thousands of parties in India
'appear-and-vanish' and this party doesn't have any vision or agenda
who they want to develop India? They also did not specify the root
causes for corruptions in India. No clear idea, no clear policy but
just this party is gaining some votes through blame and achieve game.

from:  Seetha Iyer
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 03:11 IST

If the AAP is really concerned about governance they got a mandate from the people.
People did not vote them to sit in the opposition. Its is a frivolous interpretation by
Mr. Kejriwal. Congress and BJP have to take a bow and talk to Mr. Kejriwal about
forming a government. Another possibility is to take an unprecedented action by the
Lt. Governor by giving a contract to the AAP to form a government guaranteeing at
least a said period of rule, of course after consent from the BJP and the Congress.
Isn't it expensive to hit the Delhi citizens another round of elections?

from:  Kalyan
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 02:59 IST

hats off to aap and the people who voted for it.... persist with your policies and keep up the good work......

from:  pankaj
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013 at 01:54 IST
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