New Delhi: Asserting that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) should place a check their use of abusive language and not test the Congress Party’s patience,” Delhi unit president Arvinder Singh Lovely on Friday accused the Arvind Kejriwal-led party of running away from its responsibility of forming a government in the national capital.

Talking to the media here, Lovely said that the AAP had got the numbers because of promises made in its manifesto and for talking badly about the Congress.

Commenting on the deadlock in Delhi over government formation, Lovely said the Congress has offered outside support to the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, as the grand old party wants Delhiites to get the benefits proposed in the AAP’s manifesto.

“We have agreed to support from outside. We will support the AAP in the legislative assembly. They have won the election only by blaming us and through the promises they have made in their election manifesto. We want to give them a chance to implement their manifesto,” he said.

“The Congress is a very old party, and the AAP needs to watch the language they are using. They are testing our patience,” he added.

“We want the manifesto for which people have voted to be implemented. We can also learn how they will implement their manifesto. We are still standing on our word. We are not directing them to do something. We just want them to maintain their own decorum while talking,” he said further.

The AAP on Tuesday said it will take the views of the people of the city till Sunday, and ask them for their reactions to forming a government with the Congress Party.

Addressing media here, Kejriwal said that being a people’s party, they would carry out a referendum among the people of the city, and decide what to do next.

“We have written a letter for Delhiites now. 25 lakh copies will be made and distributed across the city to seek the people’s feedback. People can phone in, send a text message, or leave a message on the AAP Facebook page,” he added.

Kejriwal further said that AAP had written letters to both the Congress and the BJP.

“Congress had offered unconditional support. The BJP had said they would offer issue-based support. Delhi has 18 key issues. We had asked the Congress and the BJP about their opinions on those issues. It is surprising that BJP didn’t even bother to respond to the letter,” he said.

“Congress said that 16 of these points are administrative issues for which AAP would need no support, and for the remaining two, we offer our support,” he added.

Criticizing both parties, Kejriwal said: “These leaders, in their arrogance, used to challenge us to fight elections. I will repeat, don’t challenge the common man. He is the one who makes the roti, kapda, makan. It’s not the netas who make all this.”

The Congress had earlier replied to the letter sent by Kejriwal, and said the majority of the issues raised by him, are related to administrative work and there was no need for the government to take their support on these issues.

Kejriwal on Saturday had written letters to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh asking their stand on the 18 key issues.

Listing his 18 conditions, he had said, “After their response on these issues comes in, we will hold meeting with the public and whatever their decision is, we will accept it.

Whether the public wants a re-election or should we form government with support of the BJP and the Congress. This is what we have told the Lieutenant Governor.”

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