After a meeting of top party leaders at party chief Arvind Kejriwal's residence here, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said even if Lt Governor Najeeb Jung invites the party to form the government it will decline such an offer citing lack of majority.

"We are not going to form the government. We will sit in the opposition and play the role of a constructive opposition. As per the Constitution the largest party has to take the responsibility of forming government," Yadav said while adding, "We have not got majority. So, it is very surprising that the number one party (BJP) is not ready to form the government and telling us to do so." Yadav also strongly ruled out taking Congress support to form  the government.

The BJP has also expressed its reluctance to stake claim, saying it did not have the numbers to provide a stable government. BJP's chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan said last night that he will not stake claim to form a government as his party is short of a clear majority and would prefer to sit in the opposition than indulge in any ‘horse trading’. "...Since I don't have number I cannot stake my claim in forming my government in Delhi...Since I don't have the magic number of 36, I really cannot be a part of the government formation in Delhi," he said.

The BJP with 31 seats has emerged as the single largest party in a House of 70, needing five more for the magic number of 36. AAP bagged 28 seats followed by the Congress, which could manage to taste victory in only eight seats. BJP ally Akali Dal got one seat. Kejriwal emerged the giant killer defeating three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit by a huge margin.

Milestones in Aam Aadmi Party's life

PROFILE: Arvind Kejriwal

Sep 19,2011: Hazare and Kejriwal agreed their differences regarding a role in politics were irreconcilable.

Oct 2, 2012: On birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Kejriwal announced he was forming a political party.

Nov 26,2012: AAP launched.

March, 2013: AAP was registered as a political party by the Election Commission of India.

Aug 3,2013: AAP formally launched its election symbol 'Broom'

Nov 20,2013: AAP published its manifesto, promising a clean and corruption-free government. They also said that power will be directly in the hands on the people and that households using up to 700 litres of water per day would be given free water.

Dec 8,2013: AAP's leader Arvind Kejriwal defeats three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. AAP secures 28 seats in the 70 member assembly.

Anti-corruption crusader Kejriwal stuns Indian politics with election surge

Some of the biggest celebrations of state election results in Delhi on Sunday were not for the winners, but for a brand-new anti-graft party that stormed India's establishment to win a close second place.

Hundreds of activists wearing boat-shaped "Gandhi hats" bearing the slogan, "I am a common man", gathered at the party's modest headquarters, cheering and waving brooms in the air to symbolise a clean-out of rotten politicians.

The upstart Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party is led by mild-mannered former civil servant Arvind Kejriwal who has vowed to end the stranglehold of India's two largest parties in the capital and beyond, and clean up politics in the process.

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Kejriwal defeated the three-time chief minister of Delhi in her own constituency and his party came close to winning control of the city. The challenge for him now is to grow his movement in time for national elections due by May - a task that could pit him against leading opposition candidate Narendra Modi.

"I'm fully confident that finally the country will win, people will win, democracy will come, and India will win," Kejriwal said, addressing supporters after bringing to an end Dikshit's 15-year run in the city.

The metropolis of Delhi is a city-state with a burgeoning population of about 16 million.

The remarkable rise of the bespectacled Kejriwal from the ashes of a street protest movement two years ago has shaken national parties which, only days before Sunday's results, had dismissed the buzz around the new party as hype.

It is uncertain how much the Aam Aadmi Party can grow in time for the general election, especially since one internal survey ahead of the Delhi election found that about a third of the party's supporters wanted to see Modi as prime minister.

First timers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), including Arvind Kejriwal, defeated heavyweights of national parties Congress and BJP and proved themselves to be giant killers in the Delhi assembly elections.

Giant Killers of AAP

Arvind Kejriwal defeated three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and BJP leader Bijender Gupta with a huge margin of over 25,000 votes from the New Delhi constituency.

Saurabh Bharadwaj, a young engineer, defeated the BJP's Ajay Kumar Malhotra with a margin of 13,000 votes. Malhotra is the son of senior BJP leader VK Malhotra.

Dharmendra Koli, brother of Santosh Koli who was fatally injured in a road accident in August, won the Seemapuri seat by defeating the Congress's Veer Singh Dhingan by 12,000 votes.

Commando Surinder Singh, who left the army and contested from Delhi Cantt seat, defeated BJP heavyweight Karan Singh Tanwar with a margin of 1,000 votes.

Rakhi Birla, a postgraduate in mass communication and journalism, defeated Congress minister Raj Kumar Chauhan with a margin of 10,000 votes. She had participated in Anna Hazare's anti-corruption protest in 2011 and left her job in a TV news channel to fight the polls.

Sanjeev Jha, a Law student defeated BJP's Shri Krishan from Burari seat by 11,000 votes.

LOSSES FOR CONGRESS

The state results in Delhi, along with three other state elections whose results were counted on Sunday, were a resounding rejection of the Congress party, which has ruled India at a national level for two consecutive terms.

In Delhi, the anti-Congress party vote was split between the Aam Aadmi Party and Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the county's second largest political group after Congress. The BJP won a majority in three states but Kejriwal's strength resulted in a hung legislative assembly in Delhi.

Kejriwal promises transparent political funding in a country where parties often deal with unregistered bags of cash, and offers populist policies, such as slashing electricity prices, that appeal to both the middle class and poor Delhi residents.

The party's door-to-door campaigning on a shoestring budget performed well against the multi-million-rupee advertising blitzes and mass rallies of the Congress and the BJP.

Any growth of the new party outside Delhi could also eat into BJP support.

Prominent party activist Atishi Marlena said the Aam Aadmi Party had 309 committees across 22 of India's 28 states.

"We chose to focus all our attention in this first election in Delhi," Marlena told a TV news network.

"We will be expanding to all other parts of the country and I think the scope for alternative politics exists, and it's a trend that we see not just in India, it's a trend that we are seeing all over the world."

Rahul Gandhi, leading the national election campaign for the ruling Congress party, and who as heir to the Gandhi-Nehru political dynasty epitomizes India's political establishment, praised Kejriwal on Sunday.

"I think the Aam Aadmi Party has involved a lot of people who the traditional parties did not involve," he told reporters.

"We are going to learn from that and we are going to do a better job than anybody in the country, and involve people in ways that you cannot even imagine right now," Gandhi said.

JPN/Agencies

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Milestones in Aam Admi Party's life

April 5, 2011: Kejriwal and Anna Hazare came together with the popular India Against Corruption (IAC) movement demanding a Jan Lokpal Bill, an anti-graft legislation.

Sep 19,2011: Hazare and Kejriwal agreed their differences regarding a role in politics were irreconcilable.

Oct 2, 2012: On birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Kejriwal announced he was forming a political party.

Nov 26,2012: AAP launched.

March, 2013: AAP was registered as a political party by the Election Commission of India.

Aug 3,2013: AAP formally launched its election symbol 'Broom'
 

Nov 20,2013: AAP published its manifesto, promising a clean and corruption-free government. They also said that power will be directly in the hands on the people and that households using up to 700 litres of water per day would be given free water.

Dec 8,2013: AAP's leader Arvind Kejriwal defeats three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. AAP secures 28 seats in the 70 member assembly.