Centre adopting 'wait and watch' policy over govt formation in Delhi

The Centre seems to be in no hurry to take any step over formation of a new government in Delhi with the Home Ministry adopting a 'wait and watch' attitude over the Delhi Lieutenant Governor's letter recommending a turn for BJP in office.

Centre adopting 'wait and watch' policy over govt formation in Delhi

New Delhi: The Centre seems to be in no hurry to take any step over formation of a new government in Delhi with the Home Ministry adopting a 'wait and watch' attitude over the Delhi Lieutenant Governor's letter recommending a turn for BJP in office.

Sources said there has been no formal discussion in the Home Ministry on LG Najeeb Jung's letter to the President seeking permission to explore the possibilities of formation of a new government in Delhi nor any initiative to take legal opinion on it or to write back to the President.

"At present, there seems to be lack of enthusiasm in the top echelons of the government," a source said.

BJP's inability to get the required number of seats seems to be reason for the disinterest in the central leadership to take any step for formation of a party-led government in the national capital.

Also the results in the third round of by-elections today, especially the reverses in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, may also act as a dampener against forming a government in Delhi without sufficient numbers.

BJP had won 31 seats in the 70-member Assembly but the number of BJP MLAs came down to 28 as three party legislators Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pervesh Verma had resigned from the Assembly after they were elected to Lok Sabha.

Reflecting the mood, Home Minister Rajnath Singh last Friday had said the Home Ministry has nothing to do with the LG's report and the LG will take a decision on whom to invite to form the government.

Political activities were witnessed only about a fortnight ago when the LG sent the letter to the President. Several senior leaders, including the Home Minister himself at that time had said that the BJP will take a call once a formal proposal is received from the LG and asserted that the party will never indulge in horse trading.

On the other hand, the Supreme Court on September 9 asked the Centre to apprise it on October 10 the outcome of the process undertaken by LG on government formation in Delhi, saying "alleged horse-trading" will continue if a decision is not taken.

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