Arvind Kejriwal wins House trust, Congress says could back him for full term
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The six-day-old Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Thursday won the vote of confidence in the Delhi Assembly with outside support from seven Congress MLAs, a JD(U) and an independent lawmaker.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal won the trust vote 37 to 32 in the 70-member house. The BJP-SAD voted against. Congress MLA Mateen Ahmed is pro-tem speaker.
After the motion of confidence was carried, Kejriwal said, "This is a victory for the people of Delhi."
Urban Development Minister Manish Sisodia moved the motion, which was debated for almost four hours in the House. Sisodia urged members to rise above political affiliations and support the government in the interest of a new kind of governance in Delhi.
BJP legislature party leader Harsh Vardhan attacked the AAP for forming the government with the Congress, the party Kejriwal has repeatedly accused of being deeply corrupt.
Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely assured Kejriwal of his party's support, but called for caution while implementing the government's policies.
JD(U) MLA Shoaib Iqbal was among those who spoke.
The Delhi elections produced a hung house with the BJP-SAD winning 32 seats, AAP 28, Congress eight, and a seat each for JD(U) and an independent.
The chief minister appealed to all parties to support him on issues that he has raised in the Assembly. In letters written to the BJP and Congress, Kejriwal has laid down an 18-point agenda, which includes a Jan Lokpal Bill and full statehood for Delhi.
"You (politicians) underestimated the power of the common man and that is why the common man had to teach you a lesson by entering politics. That challenge you all stacked against the common man was your biggest mistake," Kejriwal said.
He added that politicans would make fun of him and the AAP, but the "truth" had prevailed in the end.
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