BJP engineered defections in past, will keep doing so: Congress

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 21:24

New Delhi: Congress on Thursday took a dig at the BJP accusing the party of having "engineered defections in past as well," amid reports that it was trying to lure MLAs of other parties to form government in Delhi.

While the BJP has scoffed at the suggestions that it is engaged in horse-trading, AAP leader and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a scathing attack on Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, who he claimed, was expected to invite the BJP to form a government in Delhi today.

"BJP has engineered defections in past as well and will keep doing so. But it will not bear any result here. As far as Congress is concerned, our stand is clear that elections should be held in Delhi," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here.

He, however, refused to comment on Kejriwal`s remarks attacking Jung but targeted the ruling party saying "BJP`s character, credentials and face have got exposed through such things."

"BJP has never done any horse-trading, nor will it do so in future. The question does not arise at all," Home Minister and former BJP president Rajnath Singh told reporters here.
The Home Minister, however, evaded a direct reply on the possibility of BJP forming the government in the national capital in near future. "Please ask our party President Amit Shah. I am not aware of it. I have no information," he said.

So far the BJP has been refusing to take the plunge citing lack of majority in Delhi Assembly.
Newly-appointed Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay had yesterday said that the party would consider taking a shot at government formation if invited by the Lt Governor.

All BJP MLAs and MPs in Delhi are believed to be in favour of the party forming the government and a final decision on it is expected to be taken when Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns from the BRICS summit in Brazil.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 21:24

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