AAP gets aam aadmi’s ‘go-ahead’

DelhiAAP leader Manish Sisodia at the jan sabha in Khichdipur, East Delhi, on Saturday. Prem Nath Pandey

While the political logjam over the formation of government continues, many residents of Delhi, in a series of ward-level jan sabhas organised by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday, gave the go-ahead to the party to form the government.

The jan sabhas saw AAP MLAs reading out party chief Arvind Kejriwal's letter — which gives details of the Congress's and BJP's offer of support to the party and AAP's reply to them, asking for their support on 18 issues. "After understanding the content of Arvind Kejriwal's letter, should the Aam Aadmi Party form the government?" asked Somnath Bharti, AAP MLA from the Malviya Nagar constituency.

The gatherings saw most residents raising their hands and shouting, "sarkar banao". A few residents who were not supportive of this verdict warned that the party might lose support if it joins hands with the Congress or the BJP.

According to some residents, however, in case of re-elections, the party's voter base will expand. "Even if they fulfill four or five of the promises, people will give them thrice the number of votes," said Amardeep Singh, a resident of Savitri Nagar in the Greater Kailash constituency.

Yogesh Saha, another resident from Malviya Nagar, said, "Even though the Congress has said that they will support AAP, we know that they might backtrack. This is how they function. But, this is the time for AAP to show courage. In case re-elections take place, it will be because of the BJP and Congress. The public knows this and they will ensure that AAP gets a majority in the next polls."

For many others, their decision to give a green signal to AAP stemmed from their faith in the promises made by the party. "The electricity and water bills have spiralled in the last few years. The AAP has promised to cut down the electricity rates by half and supply 700 litres of water free to households. They should be given a chance to form the government. We are hopeful that they will fulfill their promises if not immediately, at least in a couple of months," K B Arora, a resident of Malviya Nagar, said.

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