Kejriwal apologises for quitting Delhi govt, seeks fresh elections

Kejri seeks fresh polls in Delhi
NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday sought fresh elections in Delhi, while apologising to people for quitting the government abruptly.

Addressing the media, Kejriwal on Wednesday said, "People want us to form the government or else they won't forgive us."

He apologised for quitting the government 49 days after coming to power in the state.

In February, Kejriwal resigned as the Chief Minister over his failure to pass the Jan Lokpal bill in the assembly.

He said, "I apologise to people of Delhi for quitting government abruptly."

The AAP leader also ruled out holding referendum. "No question of holding a referendum. We will opt for fresh polls," he said.

AAP's rethink on Delhi elections came days after a dismal show in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections where they secured only four seats despite fielding over 400 candidates.

Earlier, the AAP leader met senior party members at his residence to discuss the party's future course of action on forming a government in Delhi.

The meeting started 9 a.m.

The AAP on Tuesday had told Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung that it wants to form the government in Delhi, and asked him not to dissolve the legislative assembly for a week.

In a letter to the Lt. Governor, AAP said it will hold public meetings in Delhi to obtain people's opinion on forming the government.
Source--yahoo

AAP not to form government in Delhi



New Delhi, May 18 (IANS): The AAP on Sunday said it had no intention of forming a government again in Delhi with Congress support.

Responding to speculation that a section of AAP legislators wanted the party to take power again with Congress help, senior leader Manish Sisodia told IANS: "We won't form the government, come what may."

In a house of 70, the Aam Aadmi Party has 27 legislators and the Congress eight. The BJP has 31 legislators but three of them have now become MPs. 

Delhi has been under President's rule since Feb 14 when AAP Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned over his failure to pass the Jan Lokpal bill in the assembly.

The latest development follows the rout of the Congress in the Lok Sabha election in Delhi where all seven seats went to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The AAP finished second in all seven seats. 

The BJP wants fresh elections in Delhi, a demand also voiced by the AAP.
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AAP bags more votes than Shiv Sena and DMK in Lok Sabha elections


Two parties, contesting Lok Sabha elections for the first time, secured over 1 crore votes each. They were the YSR Congress Party and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).



While the YSR Congress's vote share stands at 2.5 per cent or 1,39,91,280 votes, the AAP's share is 2 per cent or 1,13,25,635 votes, says Election Commissions data.

Interestingly, the Aam Aadmi Party contested more than 400 seats while the other parties be it DMK, Shiv Sena or any other contested only in their own state.


The YRS Congress won nine Lok Sabha seats and the AAP four.

The two parties are ahead of the Shiv Sena (18 seats), the DMK (nil), the BJD (20 seats), the NCP (six seats) and the TRS (11 seats) and the JD-U (two seats) in terms of vote share.

But there was one crucial difference: while the YSR Congress contested only in Seemandhra and Telangana, the AAP contested across the country.



In terms of vote share, the YSR Congress is on 10th and the AAP 11th position.



These two parties secured more votes that established one such as the Shiv Sena (over 1.02 crore votes), the DMK (over 96 lakh votes), BJD (over 94 lakh votes) and NCP (over 86 lakh votes).

The most number of votes, given the number of seats, went to the BJP - over 17 crore (31 per cent or 17,16,57,549 votes), with 282 seats.

The Congress is next with over 10.6 crore votes (19.3 per cent or 10,69,38,242 votes) with 44 seats.

The third party in the list is the BSP, with over 2.2 crore votes (4.1 per cent, 2,29,46,182 votes) with no wins.

Trinamool Congress came fourth (34 seats), followed by SP (five seats), AIADMK (37 seats) and CPM (nine seats). Independents came eighth - with over 1.6 crore votes and three seats. Then came the TDP with 16 seats.
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16th Lok Sabha will be richest, have most MPs with criminal charges

The HinduTelugu Desam Party MP Jayadev Galla, with an asset of 683 crore, is India's riches MP. File Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

This Lok Sabha will have the highest proportion of MPs with criminal cases against them and will also be the richest, since 2004, when declaring criminal cases became legally mandatory in India.

Over a third, or 34% of new MPs face criminal charges, data from the Association for Democratic Reforms' (ADR) analysis of election affidavits filed before the Election Commission of India (ECI) shows, as against 30% in 2009 and 24% in 2004, that was the first Lok Sabha election for which the filing of election affidavits became compulsory following a PIL filed by ADR.

Among the major parties, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), with all of its four MPs facing criminal charges, led, followed the Shiv Sena (15 of 18 MPs) and the Nationalist Congress Party (4 of 5 MPs). Over a third of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) new MPs face criminal charges and over a fifth face serious criminal charges. For the Congress, the proportion is lower at 18% and 7% respectively.

Across parties, candidates with criminal records were more than twice as likely to win as compared to candidates with a clean record, ADR data shows. Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have the highest proportion of candidates with criminal records.

With 82% of its members worth over Rs. 1 crore each, this will also be the richest known Lok Sabha, compared to 2009 (58%) and 2004 (30%). Crorepati candidates are ten times more likely to win than a candidate worth less than Rs. 1 crore.

The three Andhra Pradesh parties — the TDP, TRS and YSRCP — have the richest MPs, with the average assets of each of their MPs being over Rs. 50 crore. India's richest MP — Jayadev Galla of Guntur — is worth Rs. 683 crore and is also from the TDP, while the three next richest MPs are also from Andhra Pradesh. The average Congress MP is worth over Rs. 16 crore, BJP candidates over Rs. 11 crore and the CPI(M) has the poorest candidates, with average assets of Rs. 79 lakh. India's poorest MP is Uma Saren of the Trinamool Congress.
Source-The Hindu

किरण बेदी होंगी दिल्ली में भाजपा का चेहरा!



नयी दिल्ली:आम चुनाव 2014 में दिल्ली की सातों सीट जीतने वाली भाजपा के लिए मौजूदा दिल्ली विधानसभा में सरकार बनाना बेहद कठिन हो गया है. उसके मुख्यमंत्री पद के उम्मीदवार हर्षवर्धन समेत तीन विधायक लोकसभा का चुनाव जीत कर सांसद बन गये हैं. ऐसे में 70 सदस्यों वाली विधानसभा में भाजपा का गणित 32 से घट कर 29 रह गया है.

ऐसे में समझा जा रहा है कि सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता और पूर्व आइपीएस अधिकारी किरण बेदी दिल्ली में भाजपा का चेहरा हो सकती हैं. इसके लिए किरण बेदी ने अपनी हामी भी भर दी है. तीन सीटें खाली होने के बाद सरकार बनाने के लिए उपचुनाव से पहले भी कम से कम 34 विधायकों की जरूरत पड़ेगी. यानी भाजपा को पांच विधायक और जुटाने होंगे. जबकि मौजूदा विधानसभा में आम आदमी पार्टी के 28 और कांग्रेस के आठ विधायक हैं. ऐसे में भाजपा को अगर अन्य दो विधायकों का समर्थन मिल जाता है, तो भी पार्टी बहुमत के आंकड़े का जुगाड़ नहीं कर पायेगी. ऐसे में भाजपा की उम्मीद आम आदमी पार्टी में संभावित टूट पर है. अगर ऐसा नहीं होता है, तो पार्टी नये सिरे से विधानसभा चुनाव कराने पर जोर देगी, क्योंकि ताजा मोदी लहर में उसे आसानी से बहुमत मिलता दिख रहा है.

लेकिन ऐसी परिस्थिति में मुख्यमंत्री पद का उम्मीदवार कौन होगा, यह तय करना बीजेपी के लिए आसान नहीं है. अगर हर्षवर्धन को फिर से लाया जाता है, तो बीजेपी को चांदनी चौक लोकसभा सीट से उपचुनाव के लिए एक नया चेहरा ढूंढ़ना होगा, जो कांग्रेस और ‘आप’ को हराने की क्षमता रखता हो. अगर हर्षवर्धन को केंद्र की सरकार में जिम्मेदारी दी जाती है, तो किरण बेदी को फिर से भाजपा से जोड़ने की कवायद हो सकती है. खुद बेदी चुनाव नतीजों और मोदी लहर को देखते हुए ऐसे किसी प्रस्ताव को खारिज करने के बजाय सोचने के लिए तैयार होने का बयान दिया है.
Source-prabhat khabar

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