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Delhi deadlock: Congress, BJP slam AAP

New Delhi, Dec 14 : Hours after Aam Admi Party (AAP) architect Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asked for 10 days time from Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to get clear answers from both Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), both parties slammed him and said it is irresponsible for him to delay formation of government in Delhi.


"Dear Mr Arvind Kejriwal, after receiving unconditional support, AAP needs 10 days more days to 'think'? Delhi needs a government too !" tweeted Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha.

"Arvind Kejriwal Ji, your '10' day time 'to think' convinces me that you must have been a very good bureaucrat. Good luck, Delhi!!!" he posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Congress leader Bhakta Charan Das said: "It is AAP's responsibility to fulfill the promises it has made in its election manifesto. We offered unconditional support to the AAP acknowledging people's mandate."

"It is easy to speak than act. Now it's time for AAP to act. It can't run away from its responsibilities," he said.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president J.P. Agarwal said: "I have never heard anything like this. Why don't they form the government?"

Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta said: "AAP is being irresponsible. It clearly shows there is something wrong about the party."

Kejriwal on Saturday met Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung over forming the government in the national capital.

He asked for 10 days time to get clear answers from both Congress and BJP who have offered support to the AAP for government formation.

Kejriwal also sent letters to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and BJP president Rajnath Singh to clear their respective parties' stand on various promises that AAP has made in its election manifesto.

Gandhi and Singh were asked to respond to the AAP letters within seven days.

"Arvind Kejriwal met the Lt. Governor of Delhi today and asked for 10 days time to get clear, unambiguous answers from BJP & Congress, who have been saying different things to different people," said the AAP in a statement.

"AAP has sent letters, both to Sonia Gandhi Ji (Congress) & Rajnath Singh Ji (BJP) asking them to clarify their stand on 17 issues, created by their previous governments," said the party.

"There is nothing like 'unconditional support'. People of Delhi want a stable government which can only be given when the stand of each party, who claim to support or act as a responsible opposition, clear. Completely clear," said AAP.

"We request these leaders to state their position, unambiguously, on these 17 issues (the same that we promised the people of Delhi) and make them available to the country.

"That will enable the people of Delhi to understand where everyone stands on these and if a stable government can be formed," it said.

These 17 issues include:

1. Will they support the strong Lokayukta formation in Delhi
2. CAG audit of Electricity companies and strict action if any are found guilty
3. Reduction of electricity tariffs
4. Coming down heavily on the water mafia including arrests & jail, to allow this stolen water to be available in Delhi.
5. Review of the electricity meters
6. Complete statehood for Delhi
7. And others that directly affect the citizens of Delhi.

"AAP stands completely for accountability. We want those who claim to provide unconditional support or be a responsible opposition to demonstrate accountability too. Its time for them to walk the talk," said the party.

In a sudden political development, the Congress on Friday offered unconditional support to AAP to form the next government in Delhi.

The Congress has reportedly written to Jung offering unconditional support to the AAP.

The deadlock over the creation of the next Delhi government continued as BJP's chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan on Thursday met Jung here and said his party will not form the government in the national capital.

"We will not form the government in the national capital as we do not have a clear majority," Harsh Vardhan told media after meeting Jung.

Kejriwal on Tuesday ruled out supporting the BJP to form a government in Delhi after there were some indications of the same by AAP leader Prashant Bhushan.

The just-over-a-year-old party led by Kejriwal emerged as the second biggest outfit with 28 seats, falling only a few seats short of the right wing BJP and allies who managed 32 seats.

BJP is four short of a majority in the 70-member Delhi assembly. Congress managed only 8 seats.

--IBNS (Posted on 14-12-2013)

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