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Last day of referendum, AAP likely to form government in Delhi


Rupashree Nanda,CNN-IBN
Dec 22, 2013 at 04:13pm IST

Bringing an end to the speculation of re-election, Delhi is likely to get its new Chief Minister soon as the Aam Aadmi Party has reiterated its stand that it may form the government. The party has claimed that people have come out in the support of party's alliance with the Congress.

The current trends in a referendum carried out by the AAP for over a week showed that more people are in favour of the AAP forming the government as opposed to those who are against the move. AAP's chief ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal in a public meeting on Sunday indicated that AAP is likely to form the government with the support of Congress.

"If all of you favour to form government, we will form the government," Kejriwal said at a public rally at Gole Market on Sunday.

"The final decision will be announced on Monday. We don't know yet. We will come to know the results by Sunday night. We will apprise the media of the results. The MLAs will decide who will be the Chief Minister," he said.

Kejriwal in a meeting in Gole Market asked people to raise their hands to know their opinions over taking the support of Congress. It was clearly evident that ones in favour of the move were more than the ones who were against.

Kejriwal also said that the victory of AAP was the victory of the common man. "Have a long battle ahead, have to clean up politics in entire country. AAP has been formed to bring about systematic change, not just for seek of power," he said before reading his letter at the rally, which AAP has released to the public over the government formation.

While hitting at the Congress and the BJP, he said, "In the name of politics, BJP and Congress are conducting scams. AAP has proved that politics can be done with honesty also."

Meanwhile, Congress has said that it hasn't offered unconditional support to AAP. "The AAP is blaming and abusing the Congress with no solid proof. We have not offered support to the party as such. We have agreed to support them because our manifestos are similar," said Kiran Walia.

The Aam Aadmi Party is extensively gauging public opinion on whether it should take Congress' support or not through its SMS-web poll and by holding several meetings in the 70 constituencies across the national capital.

By Sunday, the AAP is expected to conduct meetings in 272 wards and compile SMSes and web responses. While these cannot be called a referendum, the opinion of the people is visibly in favour of the party forming the government.

"Trends in the SMS survey show that people are in favour of the AAP forming the government. We will form a government geared to tackle issues, not to bolster the image of the Congress. If we form the government, we will execute all of the promises we have made in our manifesto," Manish Sisodia said.

The AAP has said that public opinion so far is in favour of them forming the next government. Sunday is the last day of public meetings after which the party will make a formal announcement on Monday.

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