The Delhi 2013 Assembly elections results not only threw a hung assembly but also a unique situation n which the three parties were so ideologically opposed to each other, that any genuine understanding between them was out of question or so it seemed then. Later on it transpired that Congress and BJP had unsaid agreement over several issues.
- Neither wanted re-poll as it pretty much guaranteed AAP winning majority of seats.
- Both wanted to discredit AAP through propaganda as opposed to taking them on in elections.
- Despite being the single largest party the BJP did not stake its claim to form the government, something it has done numerous times in the past, including the 13-day and 13-month NDA governments in 1996 and 1998-99. But BJP hadn't declined right away, its first response after the declaration of results was that it will "try to give Delhi a government but wouldn't resort to horse-trading"
- Congress offered unconditional support to AAP to form government but what has been wiped off public memory is the fact that the BJP too extended support but strictly issue-based.
BJP on Friday asked Aam Aadmi Party, the second largest party in Delhi assembly with 28 seats, to form a government while assuring it of constructive cooperation in fulfilling its promises such as slashing tariff by 50 per cent and providing free water upto 700 litres daily. [Indian Express Dec 13th 2013]
- AAP faced a dilemma; if it refused to form government, the two parties could accuse it of running away from responsibilities and also for having promised things in manifesto which couldn't be implemented. If AAP formed government, it wouldn't be able to bring sweeping changes without majority and thus still be discredited. Though both the Congress and the BJP promised to help AAP fulfill its pre-poll promise, there was little doubt on it being false promise.
- Support for AAP's 18-point agenda was agreed upon by the Congress though the response bordered on ambiguity.
- Further, Arvind Kejriwal sought people's feedback through SMS campaign. In a political culture where people have to be paid money for even participating in a rally, 5 lakh Delhites SMSed in response to Kejriwal's call referendum and overwhelming majority was in favour of government formation.
Why is Arvind Kejriwal shying away from his resposibility to form the government in Delhi as he already has support of 8 MLAs of Congress?
— Dr. Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) December 14, 2013
Right after Kejriwal was sworn in, the BJP began a malicious campaign accusing AAP of going back against their pledge of having no trucks with the Congress, conveniently forgetting that even the BJP had offered issue based support at that point in time..
That the AAP government had a limited lifespan was a foregone conclusion but the manner of it going out was still a matter of speculation. Arvind Kejriwal quit on his own terms after the Janlokpal bill was defeated in the assembly. However, with a sustained campaign by various stakeholders in the present order managed to bury AAP's achievements in those 49 days, only the resignation of Arvind Kejriwal was allowed to live in public memory and that too in a perverted form.