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9:36 pm - Friday April 18, 2014

AAP govt in Delhi, Kejriwal to be CM

23leadAam Aadmi Party activist and Delhi Chief Ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia coming out of their office after a meeting to form Delhi government in Kaushambi in Ghaziabad on Monday.

Agencies, New Delhi
Breaking more than two-week-long impasse  over government formation in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind  Kejriwal today met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and said he was ready  to form Government with outside support of the Congress.

With the AAP ready to form government, the 45-year-old bureaucrat-turned-politician Mr Kejriwal will be the youngest Chief Minister of the national capital.

The sources said he is likely to take oath on December 26 at Ramlila Maidan, the venue of social activist Anna Hazare’s movement for Jan Lokpal Bill which gave birth to the AAP.

Giving jitters to security agencies, Mr Kejriwal refused to take ‘Z’ category security cover saying ‘’God is my biggest security’’.

‘’I told the Lt Governor that the AAP is ready to form the  Government in Delhi. The Lt Governor told me that he will send a  proposal to the President and get back after his direction,’’ Mr Kejriwal told reporters after meeting the Lt Governor at Raj Niwas.

Mr Kejriwal said the date of swearing-in would be decided after the direction from the President.     He said the swearing-in would be held at Ramlila Maidan.

The AAP took the decision to form the Government at a meeting of its Political Affairs Committee at Kaushambi in Ghaziabad  after analysing the results of the ‘’public referendum’’ it had carried out in the last week across the city.

The AAP, in a spectacular performance in its debut election, got 28 seats in the 70-member House.

The AAP government will be formed with the outside support of eight MLAs of the Congress, which was ruling Delhi for the past 15 years.

The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party winning  31 seats, had already declined to form the Government.

The former IRS officer, who defeated three-time Chief  Minister Sheila Dikshit, said the party held 280 public meetings across Delhi and in 257 such meetings people favoured formation of Government by the AAP.

AAP leader Manish Sisodia said Mr Kejriwal will be the Chief Minister.    Mr Sisodia said about 5.23 lakh people responded through phone calls, SMSes, and other internet mediums.

‘’About 74 per cent people favoured the AAP forming the Government,’’ he added.

While welcoming the AAP’s decision, the Congress said their support to them was not unconditional. Talking to reporters, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said ‘’we have provided them outside support based  on policies. It is not an unconditional support but a performance-based one.’’

While stating that AAP had made some ‘unrealistic promises’ to people at time of elections, Ms Dikshit asked them to now fulfil their promises.

‘’I hope that AAP fulfils the promises made to people before the polls,’’ she said.

Talking to reporters, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Arvinder Singh ‘Lovely’ said, ‘’We welcome the decision of the AAP to form a government in Delhi. We believe that the people of Delhi should get a government.’’

Posted in: Nation

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