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Not answerable to Shinde: AAP

Mohammad Ali
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An AAP volunteer distributing letters in New Delhi on Thursday.— Photo: S. Subramanium
An AAP volunteer distributing letters in New Delhi on Thursday.— Photo: S. Subramanium

The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday hit back at Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for reportedly saying that the Centre has asked Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung how much time the party has sought to form a government in Delhi.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh said: “We will decide on Monday what is to be done regarding government formation in Delhi. We are not answerable to the Minister but to the common public”.

Mr. Shinde also said the Centre will give more time to the AAP to explore the possibility of forming a government after the recent elections gave a hung Assembly.

The party had sought time from the Lieutenant-Governor to take a decision on whether to form a government after the Congress, with eight MLAs, offered outside support.

Meanwhile, people continued to send their responses to the party two days after it sought a referendum. Till Thursday evening, the party had received over 5.25 lakh responses through various channels, including the Interactive Voice Response system, text messages, the party’s website and Facebook page.

The party has handed out 25 lakh pamphlets and the distribution is likely to be over by Friday. Thereafter, it will organise public meetings in all 270 municipal wards over the weekend to get the people’s opinion on government formation.

The referendum is likely to be over by Sunday evening, after which Arvind Kejriwal will call on the Lieutenant-Governor on Monday to apprise him of the party’s decision.

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