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Independent MLA Shokeen withdraws support to AAP govt

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New Delhi: The AAP Government in Delhi was today left teetering after Independent MLA Rambir Shokeen withdrew his support to Arvind Kejriwal, whose party’s strength has now been reduced to 35 in the 70-member house.

Shokeen, who went to meet Lt Governor to convey his decision but could not do so as Najeeb Jung was busy in a meeting, said he decided to withdraw support as the government has “failed” to fulfil the promises made before the polls.

“We had not sought time beforehand and had directly come to officially inform the Lt Governor that I am withdrawing my support to AAP led Delhi Government. But we could not meet him as he was busy in a meeting. We have sought time and may be tomorrow he will give us an appointment,” said Shokeen after coming out of LG office.


Shokeen, who was elected from Mundka constituency, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made several promises on power and water problems in Delhi, but even after several days in office he failed to address the issue.

“We had given support to the AAP based on the issue of removing unnecessary restrictions on villages, extension of ‘Lal dora’ boundaries, making the teachers working on contract permanent and also on the water issue, but they have failed on all these fronts.

“Last when, I, Binny and JD(U) MLA Shoaib Iqbal met Kejriwal on February 4, he assured us of starting work on these issues within a week but nothing has been done so far. I had also called up Kejriwal ji but he didn’t respond or called me back. So I have decided to withdraw my support,” Shokeen said.

Shokeen further blamed Kejriwal and his ministers of not visiting the villages of Delhi at least once after the formation of the Government.