Arvind Kejriwal's AAP govt moves confidence motion in Delhi Assembly

Jan 02 2014, 17:37 IST
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Terming it a historic day for AAP, Manish Sisodia, who was flanked by Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal, said, Terming it a historic day for AAP, Manish Sisodia, who was flanked by Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal, said, "We stand here to clean the politics of the country". (PTI)
SummaryArvind Kejriwal govt will have to cross halfway mark to win Delhi Assembly test.

Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government today moved a confidence motion on the floor of the Delhi Assembly and urged members to rise above political affiliations and support alternate governance for the people of Delhi.

AAP leader Manish Sisodia, while moving the vote of confidence said, "It is not the individual MLAs who are sitting here, it is the people of Delhi who are sitting here, each of the 70 MLAs sitting here represent Delhi's people."

"The people of the country are watching today what kind of decision will be taken here today," he said.

"We are not a party, we are representatives of people and urge the MLAs of all party's to rise above party lines and support alternate governance for the people of Delhi," he said.

Sisodia, who is a minister in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government, said his party didn't compromise to form the government. The people of Delhi gave AAP the "moral mandate" to form government, he said.

Terming it a historic day for AAP, Sisodia, who was flanked by Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal, said, "We are here for development. We stand here to clean the politics of the country.

"We want to ensure that people in Delhi get clean water to drink and cheap electricity. We are here for the traders, farmers and youth of Delhi. We will improve the facilities for the people of Delhi," he said.

Arvind Kejriwal government will have to cross the halfway mark with 36 seats to win the floor test.

In the 70-member Assembly, AAP has 28 MLAs, eight short of a majority. AAP has the support of 8 MLAs of Congress party. BJP has 31 MLAs while its ally Shiromani Akali Dal has one.

BJP leader Harsh Vardhan launched a scathing attack on Arvind Kejriwal and his party for taking Congress support to form the government.

"When Kejriwal had said that he will neither give nor take support from the corrupt Congress party, everyone had respect for him. He had even made strong statements like pledging not to enter into a coalition with Congress on a TV channel," he said.

But when such a pledge is broken, it brings out various truths, he said.

"A party which Arvind Kejriwal used to refer as the most corrupt party, the party against which he contested elections, the party against which he said that if elected to power he will send corrupt ministers to jail, and will unearth all unfair trades

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