Kejriwal scrapes through trust vote in Assembly

NEW DELHI: The minority Aam Aadmi Party Government on Thursday scraped through trust vote in the Delhi Assembly with the backing of the members of Congress, JDU and an independent Member.

The motion moved by PWD minister Manish Sisodia was carried after a four-and-a-half-hour debate at the end of which Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the members to decide “on which side they are”.

28 AAP members along with seven of Congress, a lone JD(U) member and an independent stood in support while 31 members of BJP and one member of its ally Akali Dal stood against it.

At the end of the debate, pro-tem Speaker Matin Ahmad asked those in favour to stand up followed by those against.

Later, he declared the motion as passed before adjourning the house.

The fate of the motion was a foregone conclusion after Congress leader Arvinder Lovely declared that his party’s seven members would support the Government and said the backing would continue as long as the regime works in the interest of the people, even for five years.

However, the BJP opposed the confidence motion and accused Kejriwal of compromising with the “corrupt” Congress for power and becoming silent on the corruption of the previous Congress Government. Agencies

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