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Delhi: Congress agrees to AAP conditions

New Delhi, Dec 17 : The Congress has reportedly agreed to all conditions set by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to form the government in Delhi.


The Congress has reportedly said most of the conditions don't need legislative approval.

The AAP will meet here on Tuesday to discuss the development.

AAP leader Yogendra Yadav told reporters: "We will meet Political Affairs Committee to discuss the next steps."

With a deadlock over the formation of government in Delhi, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has recommended the imposition of President's rule here, media reports said on Monday.

Even after getting unconditional support for the Congress party, the AAP, which secured the second position in the Delhi Assembly polls, did not make any move so far to form the government.

Jung has submitted a report to the President after having wide-ranging consultations with the single largest party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), followed by the AAP.

Without disclosing the contents of the report, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters that the Lieutenant Governor has given a few options.

AAP architect Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday met 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 the 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.

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 17-12-2013)

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