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AAP second chance buzz

New Delhi, May 20: Arvind Kejriwal plans to go back to the people to ask if the Aam Aadmi Party should have another go at forming the government in Delhi or prepare for elections.

Kejriwal today met Delhi’s lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung, fuelling speculation that the AAP was looking to return to power in the state just months after it quit in a huff. The party, however, insisted it was only a “courtesy call”.

“There is no question of government formation. We don’t have the numbers. It was a just a courtesy call,” AAP media coordinator Dipak Vajpyee said.

PTI reported that Kejriwal had requested Jung not to dissolve the Assembly and that the party had said in a letter to the lieutenant governor it would hold public meetings across Delhi to ascertain people’s opinion on whether it should form the government again.

Kejriwal, who had quit after just 49 days in power because his bid to push through the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Assembly was blocked by the BJP and the Congress, has in recent days suggested he is having second thoughts. The AAP, which drew criticism for “running away” from responsibilities, failed to pick up even a single Lok Sabha seat in Delhi.

There is considerable pressure from a section of party MLAs to resume efforts for government formation with Congress support. The top leadership now wants feedback from the people so that they don’t go wrong.

“The effort would be an excuse to go back to the people. There is considerable demoralisation among our rank and file after the poor show in the Lok Sabha elections and we want to use the exercise to rejuvenate our volunteers,” an AAP leader said.

The Congress, however, has categorically ruled out support to the AAP and said fresh polls are only the option. Congress state president Arvinder Singh Lovely today denied that the Congress was trying to reach out to the AAP to form a government in a bid to keep the BJP out.

“There is no such effort. We had extended support (after the elections) but Arvind Kejriwal ran away. Now there is no question of a second chance,” Delhi state Congress president Mukesh Sharma said.