New Delhi, Dec. 20: The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today said it had received overwhelming public feedback to form a government in Delhi and a “final” decision was likely on Sunday.
The AAP has so far received over six lakh responses from people through text messages, calls and the Internet, and sources said the majority of them were in favour of the party taking a shot at power.
The party had on Tuesday launched the drive to get public feedback after the offer of “unconditional” outside support from the Congress. The AAP had won 28 seats on debut and the Congress eight in this month’s polls. Together, they can attain the majority of 36.
The AAP has lined up public meetings this weekend across Delhi to directly ask people.
“The people of Delhi want the AAP to form the government,” Manish Sisodia, elected from the Patparganj seat, said, adding the overwhelming response was in favour of government formation.
Sisodia was, however, quick to add that the final decision would be taken after compiling all responses by Sunday. “We may form the government. We may not form the government. It depends on the outcome of the opinion poll.”
Kejriwal, the face of the party and likely chief minister if the AAP forms the government, confirmed that 75 per cent of the respondents so far had said “yes”.
The party had till now not been keen on power, preferring to use its popularity surge and momentum for the Lok Sabha polls.
But the Congress’s move to offer support and the public feedback appears to have forced the AAP to reconsider its stance. The AAP strategists now feel they should use the opportunity of running the government to build on their success by going all out to fulfil promises in their manifesto. These include cheap power.
But some AAP insiders hinted that their strategy in government would be to take on the Congress despite depending on it for support.
These AAP leaders believe such a confrontational stance could force the Congress to take back support, giving them the chance to project their party as a martyr and tell the people that the national party had felled a government that was trying to work for the aam aadmi (common people).
Such a strategy appeared to be at play today when senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas dubbed the Congress a “do-muha saanp (snake with two mouths)”.
“Cheater Congress’ unconditional support to Aam Aadmi,” Vishwas tweeted with the picture of such a reptile. Later, he added how the Congress got the Lokpal bill passed and was looking to align with fodder scam convict Lalu Prasad. “Doesn’t it establish that the Congress has a double face,” Vishwas tweeted.
The remarks did not go down well with the Congress. “They should check their language and not test our patience,” Arvinder Singh Lovely, the newly anointed Delhi Congress chief, said.