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Kejriwal hints at taking charge

New Delhi, Dec. 22 (PTI): Arvind Kejriwal today said he would meet lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung tomorrow, in indications that his Aam Aadmi Party would form a government in Delhi with the backing of the Congress.

Kejriwal said a final decision on government formation would be announced tomorrow after analysing the results of the week-long referendum through texts and email and from public meetings conducted over the weekend.

“Though we have got the overwhelming participation of people during the public meetings and about 80 per cent of them have favoured that the party should form the government but the final decision would be taken after a meeting of the political affairs committee,” said Kejriwal.

After this, he said, he would meet Jung tomorrow around 12.30pm.

Kejriwal, a civil servant-turned-politician, said that at the 128 public meetings his party held, people at 110 places said “yes” to the formation of government with support from the Congress.

“There are around 1.19 crore voters and we have collectively received around 10-12 lakh responses, which in a way give an indication of the view of the electors,” he said.

The deadlock over government formation in Delhi has continued for nearly two weeks after the announcement of the election results on December 8. The AAP has 28 seats and the Congress with eight in a House of 70 has agreed to give outside support. The BJP is the single-largest party with 31 seats in its kitty.

The AAP has been under pressure to form the government after the BJP refused to take charge and the Congress wrote to Jung that it was willing to support the party.

Kejriwal had earlier said he was personally against a government with Congress support.