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  1. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    New Delhi: Activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan today said that he believes his Aam Aadmi Party or AAP may consider supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party in Delhi.

    A day after the Aam Aadmi Party shook up Delhi's political landscape with a spectacular performance in the state election, there is no clarity over who will form the government. The BJP is the largest party but it needs five more seats to be in a majority.

    The AAP founder Arvind Kejriwal has said that is no question of partnering with or offering external support to the BJP, but Mr Bhushan today suggested otherwise.

    Making it clear that this was his personal opinion, Mr Bhushan said on NDTV, "If the BJP gives us in writing that it will pass the Jan Lokpal Bill by December 29 and set up Jan Sabhas (or public assemblies) in Delhi as promised by the Aam Aadmi Party, we may consider supporting the party."

    Mr Kejriwal says the AAP, which has 28 seats, will serve as "a responsible opposition" if the BJP is able to form the government. He accused the BJP of trying to poach some of his newly-elected legislators, which the BJP has refuted.

    If the BJP cannot manage the numbers it needs, Mr Kejriwal said his party is prepared to fight another election, but it will neither seek nor extend support to the BJP.

    The AAP promised voters in Delhi an alternative to what it describes as the two deeply corrupt and self-serving main parties in Delhi, the Congress and the BJP. AAP leaders say aligning with either would be betrayal.

    Reading the mood of the public, the BJP says it will not indulge in horse-trading and try to win over AAP legislators. The Delhi verdict has proved that people are hungry for a party with principles, and given that national elections are just months away, the BJP wants to signal that it is willing to abstain from the machinations it would take to form a majority in order to govern Delhi.

    With neither the BJP nor the AAP insisting they will not try to form the government, the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung now has to decide what happens next. An option is to have President's Rule and then get Delhi to vote again for its next government along with the national election.

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    Re: AAP leader says may extend 'issue-based' support to BJP in Delhi

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    Re: AAP leader says may extend 'issue-based' support to BJP in Delhi

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    The AAP effect: Lokpal Bill in this Parliament session, vows government

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    Ralegan Sidhi/New Delhi: Activist Anna Hazare began an indefinite fast today in his village in Maharashtra, demanding the urgent introduction of a new anti-corruption law. In Delhi, the government said that it is committed to pushing through the legislation - the Lokpall Bill - in this session of Parliament which ends on December 20.

    That announcement was made by union minister V Narayanasamy. The initiative will be attributed to the spectacular performance in the Delhi elections of the Aam Aadmi Party, whose founder Arvind Kejriwal partnered with Anna in 2011 to champion the Lokpal Bill, which creates a national ombudsman or Lokpal empowered to investigate charges of corruption against elected representatives and bureaucrats.

    The Aam Admi Party landed 40% of Delhi's seats in the recent state election, proving that voters, frustrated with endemic corruption, have accepted that Mr Kejriwal will deliver on his promise to battle graft.

    In 2011, Anna and Mr Kejriwal engineered a huge anti-graft movement that electrified middle class India. The apogee of the campaign was a 16-day fast by Anna in Delhi which drew thousands of people everyday, and impelled street protests in other cities.

    As Anna's health deteriorated, a shaken parliament agreed to urgently introduce the new law. It cleared the Lok Sabha, but flopped in the Rajya Sabha, after which it has been amended by a parliamentary committee.

    The new version will have to be introduced and passed by the Rajya Sabha and then the Lok Sabha. So far, this session of Parliament has seen no business being transacted; disruptions over issues like the creation of a Telangana state have led to daily adjournments.

    Mr Kejriwal and Anna parted ways last year after the 44-year-old former tax inspector decided to launch the Aam Aadmi Party. Anna said he could not be associated with a political organization.

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    Arvind Kejriwal says AAP won't support BJP

    NEW DELHI: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday ruled out giving any support to BJP to form a government in Delhi and termed as personal comments in this regard by party leader Prashant Bhushan.

    "There is no question of supporting BJP. What Prashant said yesterday was his personal opinion," he tweeted on Monday morning shortly after a meeting of his party leaders which decided not to take or give support to Congress or BJP.

    Bhushan had last night told a TV channel that AAP may consider supporting BJP if the party gives AAP in writing that it will pass the Jan Lokpal Bill.

    The noted lawyer himself clarified on Tuesday that what he had said last night was in a rhetorical context.

    "What I said was in a rhetorical context. I meant that if BJP becomes like AAP and does those things which AAP has been formed for and AAP believes in, then we can think of supporting them. But this is not possible because these parties can never become like AAP," he told reporters on Tuesday.

    Asked about government formation, Kejriwal said as the single largest party, BJP should form the government and take support from Congress.

    "BJP has been given the mandate. It is the single largest party. So it should try and form the government taking support of Congress," he said.

    Bhushan said the party will not stake claim to form government and prefer to sit in the opposition.

    "We cannot support BJP or Congress as AAP was formed as an alternative to them. People have supported us so that we can establish an alternative politics in the country," Bhushan said. : Amid continued uncertainty over government formation in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday maintained that it will neither take nor extend support to BJP or Congress as the new party was formed as an alternative to them.

    Hectic consultations were on in both AAP and BJP two days after the assembly elections threw up a split verdict that gave majority to none in the 70-member House.

    While BJP has emerged as the single largest party having won 31 seats, its ally Akali Dal (Badal) has bagged one constituency, leaving it four MLAs short of majority mark of 36.

    AAP, on the other hand, has got 28 seats followed by Congress with eight. JD(U) has won one seat while the Mundka seat has gone to an Independent.

    BJP has also said that it will not stake claim to form government.

    "We have no numbers. We do not want to purchase any MLA," former BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who is party in charge for Delhi, had said on Monday.

    The AAP legislators had on Monday unanimously elected Kejriwal as their leader in the Delhi assembly.

    Asked about newly elected AAP MLA from Seemapuri, Dharmendra Singh Koli, being booked on charges of molestation and rioting on a complaint by former Congress MLA Veer Singh Dhinghan, party spokesperson Manish Sisodia said the allegations were politically motivated.

    Arvind Kejriwal says AAP won't support BJP - The Times of India
     
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    Govt taking sincere steps to pass Lokpal Bill: Union minister V Narayanasamy

    NEW DELHI: Stung by Aam Aadmi Party's spectacular performance in Delhi assembly polls, government on Tuesday said it was serious about passing the anti-corruption measure Lokpal Bill in the current session of Parliament.

    Minister of state for personnel V Narayanasamy, who has piloted the bill in the Rajya Sabha, blamed opposition for not allowing to run the house where the bill could be taken up.

    "As far as the Lokpal Bill is concerned I have given notice to Chairman Rajya Sabha for taking up the Lokpal Bill. ...government is taking all sincere step to pass the Lokpal Bill," he told reporters.

    His comments come against the backdrop of spectacular performance in Delhi elections by Aam Aadmi Party whose main plank was enactment of Lokpal Act.

    Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal was a close aide and leader of Anna Hazare-led India Against Corruption which held agitation in Delhi for the Lokpal Bill.

    Later, Kejriwal turned the movement into a political force.

    Talking to reporters outside Parliament house, Narayanasamy said the government has accepted some of the recommendations given by select committee of Rajya Sabha.

    The controversial bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha, faced opposition hurdle in the Rajya Sabha on various provisions, including the one making it mandatory for states to set up Lokayuktas.

    In view of the sharp divide, the bill was referred to the select committee.

    "We have accepted some of the recommendations given by them (the select committee). The government is ready to debate and discuss and then to pass the Lokpal Bill," Narayanasamy said.

    Narayanasamy accused the opposition of not allowing the house to run.

    "Unfortunately, the opposition parties are stalling the proceedings of the House and as far as the government is concerned we wanted the Lokpal Bill to be passed and we are giving a top priority to that," he said.

    His statement came hours after anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare launched an indefinite hunger strike at his village Ralegan Siddhi to press for the passage of the bill.

    Asked about Hazare's agitation, he said as far as government is concerned, the bill has to be passed in Parliament.


    Govt taking sincere steps to pass Lokpal Bill: Union minister V Narayanasamy - The Times of India

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    Anna Hazare begins fast for Lokpal Bill

    RALEGAN SIDDHI (Maharashtra): Veteran activist Anna Hazare launched an indefinite hunger strike at his village to press for the passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill.

    In the chilly 6 degrees Celsius temperature sweeping Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district, Hazare went on his usual morning walk and then started his hunger strike near the Yadavbaba temple in the village, under the banner of his new organization, Jantantra Morcha.

    The Jan Lokpal Bill, also referred to as the Citizen's Ombudsman Bill, is an anti-corruption legislation drafted by civil society activists, seeking appointment of an independent panel to investigate cases of corruption.

    Anna Hazare begins fast for Lokpal Bill - The Times of India
     
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    Re: Arvind Kejriwal says AAP won't support BJP

    Conflicting news popping out...
     
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    GoI is on the back foot now. But they cant correct all the mistakes they have done before either the way.
     
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    Congress first offers unconditional support to AAP, then taunts Kejriwal

    NEW DELHI: As uncertainty loomed large over government formation in Delhi following a hung verdict, Congress on Tuesday first indicated its willingness to back the Aam Aadmi Party but later taunted it saying Arvind Kejriwal should join hands with BJP to fulfil his promises to the people.

    The mixed signals started with AICC general secretary in charge for Delhi, Shakeel Ahmed stating,"A number of senior leaders of Delhi are of the opinion that we should give unconditional support to AAP to form a government. They believe that we should extend outside support to it.

    "But we are talking to MLAs from the state. Their opinion is very important. Once we take their opinion, we will apprise the party high command about it".

    The eight elected Congress MLAs also had a meeting with Ahmed. After the meeting, the legislators said they will abide by the decision taken by the party leadership.

    However, later at the party briefing, Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar said that the voters of Delhi in their verdict have pushed two parties to the door of power — BJP and AAP and both should abandon their strategy to sit in opposition and impose another elections on people.

    "BJP and BSP have also formed government in past. They (BJP and AAP) should form a government and fulfil the promises they had made. What is better for people if they are provided power at a tariff less than 30 to 50 percent from the existing, if they get 750 litres of water free ... the priority now should be there to fulfil the promises that were made," he said.

    Arvind Kejriwal has already ruled out giving any support to BJP for the purpose and termed as "personal opinion" the remarks of party leader Prashant Bhushan, who told a TV channel on Monday night that AAP may consider supporting BJP if the party gives AAP in writing that it will pass the Jan Lokpal Bill.

    "We cannot support BJP or Congress as AAP was formed as an alternative to them. People have supported us so that we can establish an alternative politics in the country," Bhushan clarified on Tuesday.

    "My personal opinion is that the Congress should unconditionally support them so that they (AAP) can form the government and deliver promises to the people on power, water and other issues," Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said.

    Ever since debutant AAP's spectacular show in Delhi polls, Congress has gone soft on Kejriwal's party. Rahul Gandhi had said on Sunday that AAP involved a lot of people which was ignored by traditional political parties and "we are going to learn from that."

    A known detractor of Kejriwal, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh has termed AAP's victory as "something good for the electoral politics of democratic India".

    At the AICC briefing, Babbar dismissed Kejriwal's suggestion that Congress and BJP should join hands to form the next government in the state.

    "We do not know what is the idelogy of AAP. Congress is more than 125-year-old party. We have never made any compromise with secularism," he said.

    To a question whether Congress will support AAP, Babbar, a cine star turned politician quoted a Hindi song "Begaani Shaadi Me Abdulla Diwana" suggesting that Congress has no role in it.

    AAP has already ruled out taking support from Congress and as such despite a section in the ruling party being in favour of supporting Kejriwal's party to form a government to keep the BJP at bay, there is no forward movement on it in absence any demand of support.

    Congress first offers unconditional support to AAP, then taunts Kejriwal - The Times of India
     
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    Cong. is playing foul of AAP's stance and should AAP stick to their guns and BJP stick to their stance of no horse trading... then in re election Cong. will loose even whatever seats they got. :lol:
     
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    Arvind Kejriwal to challenge Narendra Modi on his home turf in 2014 Lok Sabha Polls

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    Performance in Delhi elections, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) wants to contest all the Lok Sabha seats from Gujarat to forge a challenge to BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in his home state.

    According to sources, the strategy is to confine Modi to Gujarat so that his visits to other states are severely curtailed.

    AAP has already set up committees in 309 districts of the country with an aim to contest 2014 Lok Sabha elections. AAP leaders are going to meet soon to chalk out a strategy for upcoming general elections, said the sources.

    Although it is still not clear how many seats AAP will its candidates in upcoming parliamentary elections, but the party's Karnataka unit has already announced that it will field candidates for all 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

    The main challenge before Kejriwal is that he does not have a nationwide network. While AAP reaped the harvest of people's anger against Congress in Delhi, it will have to face a tried and tested leader like Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha polls.

    Modi's popularity ratings are no doubt on the upswing and Kejriwal is yet to find his bearings in the national popularity ratings.

    AAP may impress people in Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, but to meet the phalanx of BJP supporters in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat seems to be a tough challenge for the one-year-old party.

    By defeating three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit by a huge margin of 22,000 votes, Kejriwal has now realised the strength of "people's power".

    The activist-turned politician has got indirect support from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who had tweeted on Sunday that "newcomers" in politics "should not be taken lightly".

    Kejriwal feels that the common man does not have a clear acceptable alternative at present and therefore, voters are caught between the Congress and the BJP. People are frustrated after several leaders from both these national parties were found involved in wrongdoings, he says.

    REVEALED: Arvind Kejriwal to challenge Narendra Modi on his home turf in 2014 Lok Sabha polls - daily.bhaskar.com

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    Re: Arvind Kejriwal to challenge Narendra Modi on his home turf in 2014 Lok Sabha Pol

    Good opportunity for NaMo to prove the people's choice:laugh:
     
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    :rofl: AK is trying his luck too long.... Picking fight against Namo is like killing his own popularity... :suicide:
     
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    AK, You mustn't have a rivalry with a crocodile while living in a river.....:troll:
     

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