Kejriwal meets LG, Congress not to prop up AAP government

New Delhi: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday met Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung even as the Congress made it clear it will not help the party form a government in the city.

After the Lok Sabha polls, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party began exploring possibilities to form the government in Delhi, which has been under President’s rule since Feb 17.

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“Kejriwal held a meeting with Jung and the issue of government did figure in the talks,” a party source told IANS.

The development occurred on a day when the Congress reiterated that it will not support the AAP to form a government in Delhi.

Some news reports had surfaced that three Congress legislators reportedly expressed their desire to extend outside support to the AAP.

The AAP has 27 legislators and the Congress has eight in a house of 70.

With 31 legislators, the BJP emerged as the single largest party in the Delhi assembly polls. It has the support of one legislator from the Akali Dal, its ally in the National Democratic Alliance.

“We will not support the AAP at any cost. When we gave them the opportunity, they ran away. We are ready for fresh elections,” Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said here.

“There is consensus in the party over this issue. It is up to the BJP to form the government,” Lovely told reporters.

Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Ajay Maken tweeted: “Under no circumstances the Congress will support the AAP to form a government in Delhi.”

Earlier, a section of AAP legislators – not in favour of re-elections – wanted the party to form the government with the help of the Congress. The AAP officially declined to do so.

In February, Chief Minister Kejriwal resigned over his failure to pass the Jan Lokpal bill in the assembly.