Form government with Congress help? Kejriwal wants an SMS, phone poll

Arvind KejriwalArvind Kejriwal at the party office, Tuesday. Gajendra Yadav

Stating that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) faces a "dharma sankat" (moral dilemma), Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the party would decide on government formation after ascertaining the opinion of the people of Delhi.

He asked people to communicate their opinion through SMSes, phone calls, social media and jan sabhas to be organised by party candidates across the city till Sunday. The results would be made public on Monday, he said. "If Delhi says AAP should take Congress support and form the government, we will do so, " he said.

The party said it had received 3 lakh SMSes and 35,000 online responses by Tuesday night.

Referring to the AAP's "moral dilemma", Kejriwal, in a letter addressed to the "Dillivaasi", said, "If the corruption of the Congress and BJP, as well as their divisive and communal politics, gave rise to the AAP, how can we take their support? But some people say that AAP is running away from responsibility, that AAP should run the government for as long as these parties allow it. If they bring it down, we should go back to the people who will teach them a lesson.

"Some colleagues say we shouldn't accept support from the Congress and BJP and should go for a re-election. Others say the Congress will behave itself till the Lok Sabha elections and we should form the government and show what we can do. We want to know from you what we should do. This party does not take decisions behind closed doors and is not the party of the few, but the aam aadmi. Whatever you say, we will do."

Speaking to mediapersons, Kejriwal said, "We will make 25 lakh copies of the letter and distribute it. Every municipal ward will have a jan sabha, and opinions will be taken. This cannot be done in a hurry. Even if President's Rule is put in place, we can stake claim if we have the numbers later."

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