Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will support whoever forms the government except for the BJP on condition that Delhi will be given full statehood.
“We will support whoever will be forming the government at the Centre except for Modi ji and Amit Shah, on the promise that Delhi will be given statehood, Kejriwal was quoted as saying by ANI.
His comments come just two days ahead of the elections to the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi which will be held on May 12.
Arvind Kejriwal had on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why he did not fulfil his 2014 election pledge to accord full statehood to the national capital.
The AAP had been trying to form an alliance with the Congress since before the start of the Lok Sabha elections. The AAP was reportedly trying to push for five seats for itself in Delhi and two to Congress. It was also seeking an alliance in Haryana and Chandigarh but Congress has asserted that the pact should be for Delhi alone.
Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP had weeks before announced candidates in all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi after it accused the Congress of an “irresponsible” attitude towards an alliance.
Congress too announced its candidates on all the seven seats.
On 14 April, Kejriwal had again stated that he is open to weave an alliance with the Congress for the Lok Sabha elections to ensure the BJP’s defeat.
The BJP currently holds all 7 seats in Delhi, where elections are scheduled in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls on Sunday.
While the BJP is campaigning with nationalism as its main plank, the Congress is pitching for developmental work carried out during the reign of Sheila Dikshit as also the discomfort brought about by sealing drive against commercial establishments The AAP, meanwhile has made the issue of full statehood for Delhi its major issue along with local issues like that of Ghazipur landfill, parking at market places and a separate campus for East Delhi.