Arvind Kejriwal: Aam Aadmi Party ready for re-election in Delhi

Dec 11 2013, 10:02 IST
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SummaryArvind Kejriwal said he is ready for re-poll and this time, it will be a straight contest between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Amid speculation of Delhi facing re-election as no party has come forward to form a government, Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Arvind Kejriwal today said he is ready for re-poll and this time, it will be a contest between itself and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"We are ready for it (re-election). At present, we will neither take, nor extend, support to either Bharatiya Janata Party or Congress to form the government. But unlike this election, next election would be contested between BJP and Aam Aadmi Party, as Congress has lost badly," AAP National Convener Arvind Kejriwal said.

The party will also change some of its candidates, who are considered weak, in case of re-poll, Arvind Kejriwal said.

Aam Aadmi Party has been holding hectic parleys for the last two days about the future course of action after the Assembly elections threw up a split verdict that gave majority to none in the 70-member House.

While Bharatiya Janata Party has emerged as the single largest party having won 31 seats, its ally Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has bagged one constituency, leaving it four MLAs short of majority mark of 36.

AAP, on the other hand, has got 28 seats followed by Congress with eight. JD-U won one seat while the Mundka seat has gone to an Independent.

Asked about government formation, Kejriwal said as the single largest party, Bharatiya Janata Party should form the government and take support from Congress.

"BJP has been given the mandate. It is the single largest party. So, it should try and form the government taking support of Congress," he said.

The AAP leader said the similarity of party's election symbol 'broom' and 'torch', which was given to some "dummy" independent candidates in about eight to nine constituencies, was the reason they lost in those constituencies.

He said exit polls had also harmed the party, as the results came in the evening but polling continued till 9:30 PM.

"Because of this, most of these votes were polled in favour of BJP," Kejriwal said, adding that in these constituencies, AAP lost by a wafer-thin margin.

Kejriwal, who defeated three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit from New Delhi constituency, admitted that his party had failed to leave an impact on rural voters.

"They had shown immense support to us during campaigning but it did not translate into votes. We were a bit disappointed by the voting pattern in villages," he said.

Asked how the party would go ahead if re-elections are

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