AAP Will Never Support BJP, Declares Arvind Kejriwal after Prashant Bhushan Debacle

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By Karuna Chandwani | December 10, 2013 6:31 PM EST

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal dismissed speculations hauled by Prashant Bhushan's statement on forming a coalition government in the Delhi capital with the BJP, since the political parties failed to form a majority during the assembly polls.

"There is no question of supporting BJP. What prashant said yesterday was his personal opinion," Kejriwal tweeted for the first time since the 4 December assembly polls on Tuesday.

He later told ANI, "Congress aur BJP mil kar sarkar kyun nahi bana lete? Dono ideologically same hain, dono bhrashtachar karte hain (Why can't Congress and BJP form a coalition? Both those parties follow the same ideologies and are corrupt)" 

In an exclusive interview with NDTV, AAP leader Bhushan sparked a controversy when he said that his party, an advocate of the anti-graft movement, might extend an 'issue based' support to the single largest party in Delhi polls - BJP, with 32 seats.

"If the BJP gives us in writing that it will pass the Jan Lokpal Bill by December 29 and set up 'Jan Sabhas' (public assemblies) in Delhi, as promised by the Aam Aadmi Party, we may consider supporting the party," he had said.

Bhushan, whose party stands second with 28 seats, added, "It's my view and it has not been discussed within the party."

Earlier on Tuesday, the AAP leader rolled back his statement after he received criticism on social media. "We came up as an alternative for people to both Congress and the BJP. We will not give or seek support from anybody," he said.

Kejriwal and other AAP leaders had reiterated that their party won't form a coalition with BJP or Congress (8 seats) on various news channels after the results on the Delhi polls declared a hung assembly in the national capital, with no party winning a clear majority in the 70-member assembly.

"It would be like going against what we stand for," Kejriwal had said in one such interview.

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