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AAP govt won't last full term: Delhi BJP chief

Saturday, 28 December 2013 - 12:43pm IST | Agency: DNA
Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel believes that Aam Admi Party's decision to seek public opinion on whether it should form government or not is a publicity stunt and sheer waste of time. Speaking to dna's Shashi Bhushan, he said that a government is elected by the people and the verdict means they (people) have entrusted the elected representatives with the responsibility to take decisions and run the government. Excerpts of the interview:

After 15 years, Delhi is all set to get a new govt on Saturday. What will be BJP’s role?
Aam Admi Party is forming government with the help of Congress, and BJP will be playing role of a ‘constructive’ opposition party. Our MLAs will keep a close eye on the performance of Arvind Kejriwal’s government and raise their voice whenever it adopts anti-people policies.  

How is BJP going to monitor AAP’s performance?
On the lines of several opposition parties in other parts of the country, we will form a shadow cabinet to keep a check on the government. This cabinet will provide innovative ideas for development of the city. They will also keep a close watch on the functioning of the government, and point out any wrongdoing.

Do you think BJP missed the opportunity when it refused to  form govt despite emerging as the single-largest party?
People unhappy with the 15 years of Congress rule, voted BJP as the alternative but with the split of anti-incumbency votes, we fell short of majority. On the day election results were declared, BJP made clear that the party is not going to involve itself in any unethical practice to secure majority.
Leader of BJP legislative party, Dr Harsh Vardhan, informed Lieutenant Governor that we don’t have adequate numbers, so we are not forming the government. We are very clear on our stand and stand by it.

How do you see the future of this government?

It is not a natural alliance. The government will not last its full term. Now, we have to see how many days it will last. AAP has taken the decision to form government with Congress support after studying the pros and cons of the move, and in case of failure, Kejriwal and his team should be ready to accept it. They should not put the blame on Congress or others.

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