New Delhi : The recent election success story — the Aam Aadmi Party — seems to be enjoying the current wooing season, but showing no signs of any haste to fall into the arms of either the semi-winner Bharatiya Janata Party or the complete loser Congress.
But there is no dearth of advice. Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has suggested to the AAP that it should join hands with the BJP to form the government with a common agenda. He picked up this suggestion from retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi, who was also a member of Team Anna at the time of the Lokpal agitation that formed the genesis of AAP.
“Both the AAP and the BJP have the mandate,” Bedi had observed.
On the other end, the Congress general secretary in-charge for Delhi affairs, Shakeel Ahmed, has offered to support AAP unconditionally. But so far, AAP founder Arvind Kejriwal has maintained that the party would neither ”offer nor take” support from both the parties.
Though the delay in government formation has not been excessive, both the AAP and the BJP are beginning to feel that instead of going into a government with built in instability, a fresh round of elections within the next six months, along with the general elections, could be an option.
Kejriwal has already ruled out giving any support to the BJP and termed as “personal opinion” the remarks of party leader Prashant Bhushan, who 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.
“We cannot support the BJP or the Congress as AAP was formed as an alternative to them. People have supported us so that we can establish alternative politics in the country,” Bhushan clarified on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the AAP’s agenda of poll promises, including concessions for water and electricity tariffs, has already come under attack from the pro-market forces, and some sections of the BJP as populist, and almost bordering on the Congress route of winning people’s support through freebies.