BJP appears inclined to form government in Delhi

As reports on Friday claimed that Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had sought President Pranab Mukherjee's permission to invite the single largest party in Delhi Assembly to form government in the state, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that it would take a call after analysing the situation.

Last Updated: Sep 06, 2014, 00:17 AM IST
BJP appears inclined to form government in Delhi

New Delhi: As reports on Friday claimed that Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had sought President Pranab Mukherjee's permission to invite the single largest party in Delhi Assemblyto form government in the state, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that it would take a call after analysing the situation.

Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said that he will critically analyse and take a call if invited to form government in Delhi.

BJP's reaction comes amidst reports that in his report sent to the President, Jung recommended that the BJP be invited to form government in the national capital.

Hectic consultations were held today by Home Minister Rajnath Singh with Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhya, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, BJP leader Prabhat Jha, who is the state in-charge in the party.

Meanwhile, Upadhyay, after meeting with BJP president and Rajnath said, “As of now there is no formal invitation from LG to take over the reins in Delhi, however, if it comes we will do critical analysis and then take a call.”

The BJP Delhi Pradesh chief said various options are available to form the next government in Delhi that include invocation of Section 9 (2) of the National Capital Territory Act.

He claimed that under this provision there could be a secret ballot to choose a Chief Minister without inviting the wrath of the anti-defection law.

Upadhya said another option is extending invitation to the single largest party (BJP) to form the government as there have been precedents in the past in the country when minority government was in power.

The BJP leader asserted that none of his party's MLAs want elections. However, Upadhyay said that the BJP is ready to contest polls in Delhi if such a decision was taken.

Delhi has been under the President's rule since February 17 this year after AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal resigned as the Chief Minister in protest against the Lieutenant Governor's refusal to allow the introduction of the 'Janlokpal Bill' in the Assembly.

The Supreme Court had earlier this month asked the Centre to take a decision on holding the Delhi Assembly elections following a petition filed by the Aam Aadmi Party asking for the dissolution of the Assembly and fresh polls.

In the 2012 Delhi polls, while BJP had won 31 seats in the 70-member house, Aam Aadmi Party had won 28 seats and Congress managed to bag only 8.

BJP, the single party has 28 MLAs in a House of 70. Its ally Akali Dal has one MLA. BJP had won 31 seats but three party legislators Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pervesh Verma were elected to Lok Sabha and had to resign their Assembly seats.