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AAP moves confidence motion in Assembly, BJP taunts it for Cong tie

New Delhi, Jan 2 (PTI): The Aam Aadmi Party government moved a confidence motion on the floor of the Delhi Assembly on Thursday and urged members to rise above political affiliations and support alternative governance for the people of Delhi.

AAP leader Manish Sisodia, while moving the vote of confidence said, “It is not the individual MLAs who are sitting here, it is the people of Delhi who are sitting here, each of the 70 MLAs sitting here represent Delhi's people.”

“We are not a party, we are representatives of people and urge the MLAs of all parties to rise above party lines and support alternate governance for the people of Delhi,” he said.

Sisodia, who is a minister in the Kejriwal-led AAP government, said his party did not compromise to form the government. The people of Delhi gave AAP the “moral mandate” to form government, he said.

Sisodia, who was flanked by Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal, said, “We are here for development. We stand here to clean the politics of the country.

“We want to ensure that people in Delhi get clean water to drink and cheap electricity. We are here for the traders, farmers and youth of Delhi. We will improve the facilities for the people of Delhi,” he said.

The Kejriwal government will have to cross the halfway mark with 36 seats to win the floor test.

In the 70-member Assembly, the AAP has 28 MLAs, eight short of a majority. AAP has the support of eight MLAs of the Congress party. The Bharatiya Janata Party has 31 MLAs while its ally Shiromani Akali Dal has one.

BJP leader Harsh Vardhan launched a scathing attack on Kejriwal and his party for taking Congress support to form the government.

“When Kejriwal had said that he will neither give nor take support from the corrupt Congress party, everyone had respect for him. He had even made strong statements [on a TV channel] like pledging not to enter into a coalition with Congress,” he said.

But when such a pledge is broken, it brings out various truths, he said.

“A party which Kejriwal used to refer as the most corrupt party, the party against which he contested elections, the party against which he said that if elected to power he will send corrupt ministers to jail, and will unearth all unfair trades of that government, he took the support of that party….Today the country wants to know what was his compulsion to form a coalition with the same party,” said Vardhan.

Attacking AAP's decisions on water and electricity soon after coming to power, Vardhan said the urgency shown by AAP in implementing populist measures is not reflected in taking on the corrupt.

He also claimed that people with the cleanest image got the maximum votes.

“People gave maximum seats to the most honest party (BJP), which emerged as the largest party…It is an irony that the party that was ruling for 15 years lost the power, the one which won the highest number of seats is sitting in opposition and the one that stood second has formed the government,” he said.

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