AAP on strategy for Lok Sabha elections


Dec 13, 2013
15:18 (IST)
Yogendra Yadav, AAP:
  • We have received a letter from the Lt. Governor, Arvind Kejriwalji will meet him tomorrow
  • We will explain the entire situation,we do not have majority and don't believe in horse-trading

Dec 12, 2013
21:57 (IST)
After BJP's No, Delhi Lieutenant Governor invites Aam Aadmi Party for discussion on government formation
With the BJP informing Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung this evening that it does not have the numbers to form government in the national capital, the Lieutenant Governor has invited the second largest party in the Delhi elections, Aam Aadmi Party, for discussions on government formation.
Dec 12, 2013
21:05 (IST)
Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal to meet Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Saturday at 10.30 am.
Dec 12, 2013
21:04 (IST)
After BJP refuses to form government, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung invites Aam Aadmi Party for talks.
Dec 12, 2013
20:26 (IST)
We would prefer to sit in opposition in Delhi: BJP's Harsh Vardhan to Lieutenant Governor
BJP's chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan today told Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung that his party will not form the government in the national capital as it does not have a clear majority in Assembly elections held last week.
Dec 12, 2013
20:02 (IST)
Harsh Vardhan, after meeting Lt Governor:

  • I was invited by the Lt Governor regarding talks on government formation.
  • I just spoke to him.
  • I have submitted a letter to him.
  • BJP has got the maximum seats in Delhi elections. I want to thank and salute the people of Delhi for their love and blessings.
  • We need 36 seats for majority. And we are 4 seats short.
  • The BJP has always believed in transparency, honesty and clean politics.
  • We have gotten the best mandate from the people of Delhi. They have punished the Congress for not working for them.
  • I have thanked the Lt Governor for the invitation for talks.
  • I told him since we don't have a majority, we will serve the people of Delhi, without forming the government. I told him that it would be better if we sit in opposition.
  • I want to tell the people that whenever we get a full mandate, we will work towards making Delhi a true, world-class capital city, of which the whole country would feel proud.
  • I have told the Lt Governor that we are not in a position to form the government.
  • Horse-trading is not an option for me or my party. So we didn't have any other alternative.
  • (On giving support to AAP) Whoever wants to form government, has to get a majority of its own. The Lt Governor has instructions from the President that whoever stakes claim has to prove their majority within seven days.
  • Fully prepared for re-elections.
Dec 12, 2013
20:00 (IST)
Meeting between Harsh Vardhan and Delhi's Lt Governor Najeeb Jung ends
Dec 12, 2013
19:15 (IST)
Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan meets Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for talks on government formation
Dec 12, 2013
18:50 (IST)
Vijay Goel, BJP leader:

  • Lt. Governor has called in for Dr. Harsh Vardhan
  • He will tell the exact details.
  • We are short of four seats to form the government.
  • Congress has agreed to support AAP. They can form the government if they want.
  • AAP leaders must stop criticizing other leaders.
  • It doesn't send a good message among people.

Dec 11, 2013
18:44 (IST)
Arvind Kejriwal speaks at rally:

  • We are not here to celebrate. We cannot celebrate till corruption is removed.
  • Want to remember Santosh Koli today. She became a martyr in the fight for corruption.
  • People have come from all parts of the world - USA, Canada, France, Singapore - to change India.
  • These volunteers, who left their work, came with the hope that there will be a transformation in this country.
  • I congratulate the volunteers and their families who have suffered and yet supported this cause.
  • You all have helped in trying to change the history of this country.
  • Who fought these elctions? You fought it, the people of this country fought it.
  • These elections were for the people of this country, not for us. Many volunteers here have come from various places, have quit their jobs for us.
  • Why have these people come? They are not in love with Kejriwal or AAP.
  • They have seen a ray of hope that this country will change, will progress.
  • This campaign has given this country a ray of hope that this country can change.
  • You all have helped in trying to change the history of this country.
  • Was doing a road show since a month. A poor man approached me, he gave me all the money he had in his pocket.
  • He was a rickshaw puller, said he had earned Rs.30 that day and he said he wants to give our party all his money.
  • Thrones of this country have been overturned.
  • You have won, you have fought these elections and won. There are many of you here who were with BJP, Congress earlier but now you all have come to fight for your country.
  • We got 28 seats, it's not that we couldn't have won all seats but opposition parties adopted new crude ways.
  • They took out a new symbol resembling our jhaadoo - the torch symbol - in 16 legislative assemblies and named independent candidates.
  • Nobody knew these candidates, they never campaigned.
  • If BJP doesn't get majority at the Centre, will they not stake claim? This is a sham.
  • We have the great respect for Anna Hazare and we stand by him. He doesn't want to share the stage, we'll sit in the audience.
  • This fight has just started... My only request to all of you sitting on the stage is that don't become egotistical.
  • I ask all leaders in other parties who stand for clean politics and want a change to join us.
  • We are going to fight the Lok Sabha elections. We need funds. And we are opening our website for this purpose.

Dec 11, 2013
17:05 (IST)
Yogendra Yadav addresses AAP victory rally:

  • AAP knows how to do door-to-door campaigning but not political intrigues.
  • AAP has created such an atmosphere that the people who have more seats than us are scared.
  • I was told by a supporter that people used to be scared of politics but AAP has changed it all.
  • Raaj mein neeti vapas aa jaye toh rajneeti hogi
  • AAP as restored the faith of the people in politics and politicians; victory can't be judged in numbers alone.
  • AAP is the first party in India which set a fund-raising target and as soon as we reached it, we said we don't want more.
  • After a long time, a political party in India has campaigned door-to-door.
Dec 11, 2013
17:00 (IST)
Dec 11, 2013
17:00 (IST)
Dec 11, 2013
16:56 (IST)
Dec 11, 2013
16:54 (IST)
Aam Aadmi Party holds victory rally in Delhi.
Dec 10, 2013
23:10 (IST)
BJP, AAP refuse to yield in Delhi; talk of fresh polls gets louder
The BJP is no closer to forming the government 48 hours after Delhi threw a fractured verdict.
Dec 10, 2013
23:09 (IST)
Congress first offers unconditional support to Aam Aadmi Party, then taunts it
Congress today first indicated its willingness to back the Aam Aadmi Party to form the Delhi government but later taunted it, saying Arvind Kejriwal should join hands with BJP.
Dec 10, 2013
23:08 (IST)
Prepare for fresh polls, BJP tells newly-elected Delhi legislators
The BJP's 31 newly-elected legislators in Delhi were virtually told to prepare for fresh elections by senior party leader Nitin Gadkari this morning. He said they must "think of themselves not as MLAs, but as candidates."
Dec 10, 2013
15:00 (IST)
Want other good people to leave parties, join us for 2014: Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal reiterated today that there is no question of his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) providing any kind of support that would allow the BJP to form the government in Delhi.

Mr Kejriwal said that his colleague, Prashant Bhushan, who took a different stand on NDTV last night, was expressing his personal and not the party opinion.
Dec 10, 2013
14:14 (IST)
What this Delhi MLA is waiting for: ideally, a call from Narendra Modi
Rambir Shokeen, the lone Independent legislator in the New Delhi Assembly, has an open offer. His support in government formation in return for the deputy chief minister's post.
Dec 10, 2013
14:06 (IST)
Disapprove of AAP legislator's victory procession, but allegations are false: Arvind Kejriwal

Dharmender Koli from the AAP has been accused by the man he defeated, Congressman Veer Singh Dhingan, of entering his house and misbehaving with the Congress leader's wife during a victory procession on Sunday.
Dec 10, 2013
13:08 (IST)
Arvind Kejriwal:

Delhi people have given hope to the people of the entire country
All good political forces need to come together, this is a historic opportunity.
What kind of a Lokpal Bill... that is a big question.
Why don't the BJP and Congress form the government together? Both are corrupt.

Dec 10, 2013
12:59 (IST)
Shakeel Ahmad, Delhi Congress in-charge:

  • Congress is not a king-maker. We didn't win as many seats as expected.
  • It is many peoples' intention that if AAP forms government, we will support them from outside. Nothing has been decided yet on this. We are in talks with Sheila Dikshit well.
  • We will pass on all the opinions of Congress leaders to the high command.
  • It is very common that there will be an introspection after every victory and defeat. Sheila Dikshit has said what she has to. The party will look into it.

Dec 10, 2013
12:56 (IST)
Kumar Vishwas, AAP leader:

  • Prashant Bhushan expressed his personal opinion. We haven't discussed about it in the party's meeting.
  • Arun Jaitley should know that drawing room politics and Rajya Sabha politics spread anarchy and not street politics.
  • If he is so concerned about anarchy spreading then he should fight atleast one election in Delhi and come in Lok Sabha.

Dec 10, 2013
12:48 (IST)
No question of Aam Aadmi Party supporting BJP, Prashant Bhushan's comments his own view: Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal today asserted that there was "no question" of his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporting the BJP for a government in Delhi, after his colleague Prashant Bhushan's comment triggered speculation of a divide within the year-old party just after its spectacular electoral success.
Dec 10, 2013
12:40 (IST)

Arvind Kejriwal tweets:

There is no question of supporting BJP. What prashant said yesterday was his personal opinion.

Dec 10, 2013
11:56 (IST)
Prashant Bhushan, AAP leader:

  • I only gave answer to a rhetorical question (on his 'issue-based support to BJP' remark)
  • I said if other parties like the BJP and Congress became like AAP, then of course there would be support.
  • But since they can never be like us then where is the question of giving or taking support?

Dec 10, 2013
11:53 (IST)
Harsh Vardhan:

  • We have fallen short of majority by a few seats... But we will continue to serve the people of Delhi.
  • I assure people of Delhi that the BJP MLAs will make them proud.
  • I thank people of Delhi.
  • Will not stake claim. We are short of majority.
  • (On Prashant Bhushan statement) Have not heard any such thing. Can't comment.

Dec 10, 2013
11:42 (IST)
Harsh Vardhan unanimously elected BJP leader in Delhi Assembly.
Dec 10, 2013
10:54 (IST)
Manish Sisodia, Aam Aadmi Party:

  • It is unbelievable that Prashant Bhushan has said that AAP can give support to BJP.
  • He said this on a TV debate show in an argument, his statement is being misconstrued.
  • What he meant is that BJP should pick up and support the issues that AAP has been fighting for.
  • We had said long back that if BJP or Congress takes up the issues we have been fighting for then there was no need to even form AAP.
  • It was a hypothetical question. He was led into that answer.
  • If BJP brought  janlokpal we would have anyways supported them.

Dec 10, 2013
10:16 (IST)
Kirti Azad, BJP:

  • Prashant Bhushan and AAP are changing their words constantly.
  • They need to come on common minimum programme.
  • They first declined to support us and now they are talking about certain conditions.
  • They need to first decide by themselves.
  • How far is it right to pass two things and ignore other critical issues?
  • It will raise doubts on their ulterior motives.

Dec 10, 2013
09:10 (IST)
Aam Aadmi Party 'freaky phenomenon' or here to stay, asks Arun Jaitley
Slamming the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for making "unrealistic promises" during elections in Delhi, BJP today challenged it to form a government with Congress support instead of avoiding power and fulfil its "exaggerated and unimplementable" manifesto.
Dec 10, 2013
00:19 (IST)
Congress finds price rise, factionalism as reasons for poll debacle
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday got into a huddle with senior leaders to analyse the poll debacle which the party suffered in four out of the five states where Assembly elections were held.
Dec 10, 2013
00:19 (IST)
Prashant Bhushan says his party may extend 'issue-based' support to BJP in 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.
Dec 10, 2013
00:18 (IST)
How Sheila Dikshit lost the New Delhi seat
The stunning blow that the 75-year-old leader received in her constituency can be attributed to nearly 60,000 of the 1.2 lakh voters belonging to the low income groups.
Dec 09, 2013
20:42 (IST)
Arvind Kejriwal elected AAP leader in Delhi Assembly
The gesture replicates their strategy during the campaigning in the run-up to the December 4 polls.
Dec 09, 2013
19:10 (IST)
A day after his stunning victory in Delhi polls, Arvind Kejriwal meets AAP legislators

Dec 09, 2013
14:55 (IST)
BJP leader Arun Jaitley's Facebook post:

The BJP-Akali Dal Alliance has won 32 constituencies of Delhi. This is about six to eight seats short of our expectations. We have narrowly lost in some assembly segments. Even though we have managed to retain a large part of our traditional votes, there was some shift even in middle class localities to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The Congress was no longer a serious option in Delhi. Residents of Delhi were considering which of the two alternatives to vote for - the BJP or the AAP.

The AAP may have got lesser votes and seats than the BJP. However, that is not a ground for satisfaction for the BJP. The BJP's march to comfortable majority has not been interrupted by the Congress. It has been interrupted by AAP. The lesson of the 32 constituencies that the BJP has won clearly reveals that most candidates who were well grounded in the constituencies and appeared to be electorally acceptable have won. The lesson for the BJP of these results is that the credibility-quotient counts in an election. The image of the leadership, as also of the candidate, must inspire confidence amongst the voters. The announcement of Dr. Harsh Vardhan's name as the BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate helped the BJP. Those who have a track record of serving their constituency well, have a better chance of being elected. Just getting a party nomination even in a stronghold is not enough. The days of conventional politics are now over.

Is the AAP merely a freak phenomenon? Or is it going to be a lasting experiment? The last word on this cannot be said at this moment. This party is unconventional. It has attempted to exploit the general mood of cynicism. It has made unrealistic promises and does not want to sit in a position of responsibility where it has to walk its talk. The very suggestion of being in government to implement its policy and promises appears to be scary for this party. In a democracy, the voters vote in order to elect the government. When there are no clear majorities, the government formation is an art of the possible. The Congress Party can give the AAP outside support in order to form a government. In Power, such a party would be like a fish out of water. It is possible to make exaggerated promises, and capture the imagination of a few by making unimplementable promises. The strategy of the party is to avoid power rather than be in a position to implement the unimplementable.
Dec 09, 2013
14:52 (IST)
Nitin Gadkari, BJP leader: We will honour the mandate of the people. Won't seek support or try to create support to form the government in Delhi.

Dec 09, 2013
14:51 (IST)
Sheila Dikshit, former Delhi Chief Minister:
  • We tried our best. We worked hard for 15 years. We hope for a stable government in Delhi, though we have no role.
  • I don't think we did anything wrong.
  • I also felt I did not get enough support from my party in Delhi (the Delhi unit)
  • We tried our best to control prices.
  • Don't agree power (electricity) was an issue. Other parties made unrealistic promises on power.
  • I'll be the first one to clap if this happens..if power bills are brought down..your and my bills will go down.
  • Certainly I can say our 15 years has no anti-incumbency
  • Nothing at all (on what she would like to tell Arvind Kejriwal). He is much wiser than I am.

Dec 09, 2013
13:26 (IST)
Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel:

We do not have the full number to form the Government.

We are meeting to discuss everything.

I do not believe in plus and minus.

BJP will finalise on this in today's meeting.

Dec 09, 2013
12:52 (IST)
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi convenes meeting of party leaders this evening in wake of Assembly polls verdict.

Dec 09, 2013
12:39 (IST)
Kiran Bedi Tweets
AAP & BJP by working together on a CMP they will be serving not ruling!This is the new expectation from split verdict. Need to be respected!
Dec 09, 2013
12:00 (IST)
Aam Aadmi Party not to stake claim to form government in Delhi, to sit in opposition: PTI
Dec 09, 2013
11:58 (IST)
Dec 09, 2013
11:53 (IST)
'Pehle AAP', says BJP after falling short of majority in Delhi
Perhaps for the first time, Delhi is witnessing a scenario where no party wants to stake claim to form government; both say they will be happy to sit in the opposition.
Dec 09, 2013
11:38 (IST)
Kejriwal countered challenge of Modi too, writes Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray
After a debut that registered above 9.0 on the political Richter scale, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi is receiving praise, even if occasionally grudging, from across the political spectrum.
Dec 09, 2013
11:37 (IST)
Politics has made me patient, Arvind Kejriwal tells NDTV
Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party today made a spectacular political debut in the Delhi polls, winning 28 of the Delhi's 70 seats, just four behind the BJP, which is on top. Mr Kejriwal himself defeated three-time chief minister Sheila Dikshit in her constituency of New Delhi by over 20,000 votes.
Dec 09, 2013
11:33 (IST)
NDTV exclusive: Don't need character certificate from Rahul Gandhi, says Arvind Kejriwal
In an exclusive interview to NDTV, Aam Aadmi Party's Arvind Kejriwal says it makes no difference to him that Rahul Gandhi said the Congress needs to learn from his party.
Dec 09, 2013
11:32 (IST)
AAP stuns, BJP single largest party, but Delhi hung. Who will form government?
The new Delhi Assembly is a hung house. Single-largest party, the BJP, with 31 seats, fell short of a majority in Sunday's vote count; the Aam Aadmi Party, in a spectacular showing for a first election, is second with 28. Neither party is in a hurry to stake claim to form government; both say they will be happy to sit in the opposition. So who will form government in Delhi?
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