AAP MLAs meet LG over Delhi government row

Delay in dissolving Delhi Assembly was 'encouraging horse trading,' they say

Updated - November 16, 2021 07:17 pm IST

Published - July 21, 2014 12:09 pm IST - New Delhi

Former Chief Minister of Delhi and AAP convenor, Arvind Kejriwal and AAP MLAs staging a protest demanding re-election in State. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Former Chief Minister of Delhi and AAP convenor, Arvind Kejriwal and AAP MLAs staging a protest demanding re-election in State. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Twenty-seven Aam Aadmi Party MLAs led by the party convenor Arvind Kejriwal met Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday and told him that delay in dissolving the Delhi Assembly was “encouraging horse trading“.

“We met L-G and explained to him the current political situation and also possible horse trading which may take place. Such a government will do no good,” AAP MLA and former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti told reporters here.

Mr. Bharti said the LG told them that he would talk to both the Congress and BJP and soon send a report on the matter to the President. Soon after the meeting, Mr. Kejriwal tweeted, “Met LG. Had good discussions. He will now invite BJP for discussions. If BJP claims they can form govt, LG will ask them to show nos. “We told him that delay in dissolving assembly was encouraging horse trading,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

AAP had on Sunday claimed that BJP was “running away” from fresh elections in the national capital and also questioned Congress’s “silence” over whether or not it wants the Delhi Assembly to be dissolved.

“The double-meaning statements and consistent U-turns by BJP on the current political situation in Delhi makes it clear that it is running away from fresh elections and wants to resort to the ‘Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram’ culture, against which Supreme Court had warned on April 17 of this year,” an AAP spokesperson had said.

On the other hand, Congress’s silence on whether it is willing to officially communicate in writing to the Lt Governor and Supreme Court that Delhi Assembly should be dissolved proves that it is indirectly supporting BJP’s ‘Aya Ram, Gaya Ram’ brand of politics, he had said.

AAP said that during the hearing of its petition challenging the Central government’s decision to keep the Delhi Assembly in suspended animation instead of dissolving it, Supreme Court had observed on April 17 that, “Nothing should be done which facilitates ‘Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram’ (or horse-trading brand of politics) in the Assembly.”

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