New Delhi: The AAP government is under threat from its own supporters. On Sunday, expelled party leader Vinod Kumar Binny, along with two other MLAs, threatened to bring down the government if their demands were not met.
Binny, JDU MLA Shoaib Iqbal and Independent MLA Rambeer Shokeen – all three of whom provide support to the AAP government in Delhi Assembly – set a 48-hour deadline for the Arvind Kejriwal government to fulfil their demands.
“We have given them a deadline of 48 hours. If we get assurance on water and power issues, our support will continue,” Iqbal said.
They also held a late night meeting with a SAD MLA, Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Sunday. Sirsa, however, said there was no threat to the AAP government. “It was not a formal meeting. There is no danger to the government. Whatever is coming in the media is a rumour. We are in alliance with the BJP and the BJP’s decision will be my final decision,” Sirsa said.
The AAP is a minority government that crossed the halfway mark of 35 in the Delhi Assembly with support from the 8 MLAs of the Congress, Iqbal of the JDU and Shokeen (I). What is working in its favour presently is the rule that there has to be a gap of a minimum of six months between two trust votes.
AAP has already faced a trust vote in January, just days after assuming power. So the threat by Binny, Iqbal and Shokeen to bring down the government by withdrawing support doesn’t hold much water.
However, their notice to the government could affect several bills that are pending in the Assembly. Without their support, the bills are unlikely to be passed in the House.