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AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal does another flip-flop, seeks fresh elections in Delhi

LiveMint logoLiveMint 21-05-2014 Anuja

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday apologized to the people for having resigned from the post and quitting the government in February.

In a classic case of flip-flop which happened in less than 48 hours, Kejriwal said after asking lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday for time to dissolve the Delhi legislative assembly, the party will not make any attempt now to form the government as the chances looked bleak.

Till Sunday, the party’s official stand was that it wanted a repoll. But on Monday it drafted a letter to the governor asking him to delay the dissolution of the House. That stance changed again on Tuesday when it met the governor for a courtesy call and on Wednesday said it no longer wanted to form a government.

“After the Lok Sabha elections ended, wherever we went, people told us that we made one mistake... they support us, but we should not make any more (mistakes),” Kejriwal told reporters on Wednesday after a meeting with party legislators.

“Last time, we made a mistake by not asking people before resigning. This time, we will not decide alone. We prepared a letter a day before, which was sent to the LG yesterday (on Tuesday)...but now the situation looks like there is negligible chance to form there is no point in holding a referendum,” he added.

The party’s volte face is significant considering it had maintained it wanted a re-election in Delhi since the day it quit. In fact, it had even approached the Supreme Court with an appeal to dissolve the House.

The AAP is now going to start its campaign for a repoll in Delhi where it won 28 of the 70 seats in the December 2013 assembly polls. “We will hold jan sabhas, we will go to the people and apologize to them. We will ask them to bring us back in full majority so that we can do developmental work,” Kejriwal told reporters.

Delhi is under the lieutenant governor’s rule. Fresh elections can only happen once the governor dissolves the assembly. The AAP drew a blank in Delhi in the recently concluded general elections, failing to win any seat.

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