No AAP support to Bharatiya Janata Party to form govt in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 10 2013, 19:48pm hrs
Aam Aadmi party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal today ruled out giving any support to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form a government in Delhi and termed as personal comments in this regard by party leader Prashant Bhushan.

"There is no question of supporting Bharatiya Janata Party. What Prashant said yesterday was his personal opinion," he tweeted this morning shortly after a meeting of his party leaders which decided not to take or give support to Congress or Bharatiya Janata Party.

Bhushan had last night told a TV channel that AAP may consider supporting Bharatiya Janata Party if the party gives AAP in writing that it will pass the Jan Lokpal Bill.

The noted lawyer himself clarified today that what he had said last night was in a rhetorical context.

"What I said was in a rhetorical context. I meant that if BJP becomes like AAP and does those things which AAP has been formed for and AAP believes in, then we can think of supporting them. But this is not possible because these parties can never become like AAP," he told reporters today.

Asked about government formation, Arvind Kejriwal said as the single largest party, BJP 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.

Bhushan said the party will not stake claim to form government and prefer to sit in the opposition.

"We cannot support BJP or Congress as AAP was formed as an alternative to them. People have supported us so that we can establish an alternative politics in the country," Bhushan said.

Hectic consultations were on in both AAP and BJP two days after the Assembly elections threw up a split verdict that gave majority to none in the 70-member House.

While BJP has emerged as the single largest party having won 31 seats, its ally 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 has won one seat while the Mundka seat has gone to an Independent.

BJP has also said that it will not stake claim to form government.

"We have no numbers. We do not want to purchase any MLA," former BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who is party in-charge for Delhi, had said yesterday.

The AAP legislators had yesterday unanimously elected Kejriwal as their leader in the Delhi Assembly.

Asked about newly elected AAP MLA from Seemapuri, Dharmendra Singh Koli, being booked on charges of molestation and rioting on a complaint by former Congress MLA Veer Singh Dhinghan, party spokesperson Manish Sisodia said the allegations were politically motivated.