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Supported AAP for people of Delhi: Sheila Dikshit

New Delhi, Dec 23 : Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said the Congress supported Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the people of the national capital.


"I congratulate Arvind on forming the government in Delhi. The Congress gave outside support to AAP for the people of Delhi. Now AAP must live up to their expectations and fulfill the promises made in its manifesto," said Dikshit.

"However, the promises AAP made to the people will be impossible for it to fulfill," she added.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said the AAP has betrayed people of Delhi by agreeing to form the government with the Congress.

"It was AAP's choice with whom they wanted to form the government. They chose Congress. It is a betrayal to the people of Delhi who voted against the Congress," said senior BJP leader Harsh Vardhan, who was the party's chief ministerial candidate.

"One should not forget that AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had said he will never form an alliance with the Congress," he said.

Asked why BJP did not form the government, Harsh Vardhan said, "We didn't have the numbers and hence we were clear that we won't form government."

Kejriwal on Monday met Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to stake claim to form the government in the national capital.

Fifteen days after the Delhi assembly election results were declared, the AAP on Monday said it will form the government in the national capital with Kejriwal taking oath as the chief minister.

The AAP will be forming the government with the support of the Congress party.

After the Political Affairs Committee meeting of the party, Kejriwal said: "I am going to meet Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to tell him AAP is ready to form the government."

"I am not becoming Delhi CM. It is the common man who is becoming the chief minister," he said.

Kejriwal will reportedly meet Jung around 12.30 pm.

Kejriwal will be sworn in as Delhi CM on Dec 26.

He wants to take oath at Jantar Mantar, the site of his numerous protests.

"I will request Jung to allow me take oath at Jantar Mantar, where we announced formation of AAP a year ago," said Kejriwal.

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 23-12-2013)

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