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AAP to contest Lok Sabha polls under Kejriwal's leadership, says Bhushan

New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) : The Aam Aadmi Party made it clear on Saturday that it would contest the Lok Sabha polls under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal, who stepped down as Delhi’s Chief Minister after high drama over a Bill to fight corruption.

”...It is clear that Aam Aadmi Party will contest general elections under Kejriwal's leadership across the country,” senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav told reporters here.

Kerjriwal resigned as Delhi Chief Minister shortly after his government was defeated on the issue of tabling of the Jan Lokpal Bill in Delhi Assembly in the face of a united resistance by Congress, which had backed the AAP to form the government, and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The Congress and the BJP, the Opposition party, said Kejriwal was never serious about governing and was looking for an excuse to “run away” to cover up his “failure” to deliver on his commitments.

The BJP also made it clear that the party would seek fresh elections in Delhi and was ready for it rather than form an alternative government since it did not have the required numbers in the state Assembly.

AAP leader Prashant Bhushan has held the BJP and Congress responsible for the fall of the Arvind Kejriwal government, claiming that the party was left with no option but to quit as implementing Jan Lokpal was their top priority.

“From the beginning, Congress and BJP were against this bill and that is why they didn't support the government. Both party leaders don't want the country to be corruption-free,” he told reporters here.

Bhushan maintained that the AAP was not formed to get power, but for making India a corruption-free country.

“AAP has been formed to root out corruption from the country. Passing Jan Lokpal in the Assembly was the first priority of the AAP government. As we were not allowed to pass this bill, we did not have an option but to get out of the government,” he said.

Bhushan said that, after the CM's resignation, the ball is now back in the court of the BJP and Congress and both parties can stake claim to form the government in the national capital.

”If Congress and BJP don't want to stake claim to form the government, LG has no option but to dissolve the Assembly,” he said, referring to the Lt Governor.

Asked if AAP leaders are running away from their responsibilities, he said, “Our government also wanted to implement Mohalla Sabha in Delhi. As Congress and BJP leaders were also against this model, the party cannot run government.

”Getting official posts in the government was not the motive of our party. Our party's motive is to change the system, but we are not being allowed to implement our motive, there is then no benefit to run the government,” he said.

Replying to his former ally Kiran Bedi's tweets -- “Did Delhi CM resign for Lokpal or Lok Sabha?”-- Bhushan said she has become a BJP supporter.


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