LG meets political parties over govt formation in Delhi: As it happened

The Lt Governor office issued a statement that the Lt Governor would be sending his report to President Pranab Mukherjee.

LG meets political parties over govt formation in Delhi: As it happened

20: 23 pm: Arvind Kejriwal congratulated the people of Delhi. He further said that in past eight months efforts were made to do horse-trading.

20: 17 pm: Every party is a challenge, but I don't think AAP can do much in these polls, said Dikshit.


20: 16 pm: Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit welcomes LG decision, says moral of cadre will boost once they will go to people.

19: 30 pm: BJP national spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said that his party is confident of victory whenever elections will be held.

19: 23 pm: BJP Delhi chief, Satish Upadhyay, said that the party has made its stand clear to LG and now it is up to the LG to take further decision. 

19: 12 pm: According to Election Commission sources, Delhi Assembly polls will be conducted in February next year.

19: 03 pm: When we told LG that we want Delhi Assembly to be dissolved, he said that other parties also want the same, says Manish Sisodiya.

19: 02 pm: Sisodiya also said that AAP is prepared for fresh election and has requested the LG to conduct it soon.

18:59 pm: Der aaye durust aaye, lekin Delhi walo ka bahut time bekaar hua (Better late than never), Congress leader JP Aggarwal told ANI on LG's statement on Delhi Govt. 

18:56 pm: AAP leader Manish Sisodiya said that Lt Governor will be sending a report to Centre this evening and after that further step will be taken. He further added that if BJP was ready for fresh polls then why did it take that much time to decide. 

18:48 pm: The Lt Governor office issued a statement that the Lt Governor would be sending his report to President Pranab Mukherjee.

18:40 pm: All parties have expressed inability to form govt in Delhi, says LG Jung. 

18:05 pm: The AAP delegation meets Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.

18:01 pm: Aam Aadmi Party delegation has reached Lt Governor's residence and will hold talks shortly. Arvind Kejriwal is accompanied by Manish Sisodiya.

5:38 pm: Arvind Kejriwal along with AAP delegation has left to meet Delhi Lt Governor.  He is expected to meet the Lt Governor at around 6 pm.

5:30 pm: According to PTI, top sources in BJP said the party has already taken "an in principle" decision of not taking power and top leadership has already conveyed to the city unit to make preparations for polls soon.

3:30 pm: Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit takes on AAP saying that "the haste with which AAP was formed it will go with the same haste." 

3:20 pm: After meeting Lt Governor, Congress leader Haroon Yusuf says that his party from day one has been demanding fresh polls. "Our party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi want elections in Delhi," Yusuf confirmed.

The Congress leader further attacks Arvind Kejrwal saying that AAP just wants to be in power.

"Both AAP and BJP don't bother about Delhiites, who are suffering from rising food prices, water, power scarcity and inflated bills," Yusuf maintained.

"I have requested the Lt Governor to dissolve the Delhi Assembly and hold elections," Yusuf said.

3:15 pm: BJP high command asks its leaders not to comment anything on the contentious issue of government formation in Delhi.

3:00 pm: Congress leader Haroon Yusuf along with other party leaders are meeting at Lt Governor Najeev Jung's residence. The Congress has maintained that it wants fresh polls in Delhi.

2:50 pm: AAP leader Sanjay Singh says BJP should clear its stand on government formation in Delhi.

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday called for an all-party meet for discussion over government formation in Delhi, which has been under President's Rule since February 17.

Jung would be consulting all political parties, including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), to pave the way for government formation.

The LG had last week told the Supreme Court that he would be consulting all the political parties in his efforts to form a government in Delhi. Initially, the apex court had upbraided the BJP-led central government for not being sincere in ensuring a new government in Delhi.

BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi, along with other state leaders, will be meeting Jung later today and apprise him of his party's stand. Earlier today, Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay and Union Minister Harsh Vardhan called on Jung. The meeting was described by the party as "informal".

It seems the BJP is buoyed by its performance in Maharashtra and Haryana elections, as reports suggest that the party is expected to decline Jung's offer of inviting it to form the government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, according to reports, are of the view that the party should move forward with fresh polls.

Earlier, reports had emerged that the BJP was keen to form government in the national capital if the Lt Governor invited it.

BJP leader Parvesh Verma confirmed that his party leaders will meet Jung at 3 pm today. 

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal today wrote a letter to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and questioned the BJP's 'formal stand' on the issue of government formation in Delhi.

Kejriwal in his letter said the AAP has already made its stand clear, and added that the BJP should do the same now.

Kejriwal slammed the BJP for "informally" informing Jung that it is not in a position to form government in Delhi.


AAP leader Rahul Mehra lashed out at BJP, accusing it of being scared to go to polls in Delhi even after the party won all Lok Sabha seats in the General Elections.

Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely lashed out at the BJP-led government at the Centre for not handling the issue of government formation in the state properly, and blamed them for creating a mockery of democracy.

Congress leader Haroon Yusuf has, meanwhile, accused the BJP-led central government of delaying the government formation in Delhi.

Yusuf asserted that if BJP talks about maintaining high moral standards, why is it afraid to form a government in the national capital.

Another Congress leader JP Aggarwal maintained that his party wants fresh polls and accused the BJP of dilly-dallying​ the issue. 

Currently, BJP, along with ally Akali Dal's lone MLA, has 29 legislators and requires the support of five more MLAs to prove majority in the Assembly.

The BJP had won 31 of the 70 seats in the Assembly Elections held in December, 2013, which threw up a fractured mandate. It also has the support of a lone Akali Dal legislator.

Three of the BJP legislators were elected to the Lok Sabha in the national election in April-May, bringing down the effective strength of the Assembly to 67.

The BJP's tally also got reduced to 28 from 31 but with by-polls set for November 25, the party is confident of retaining these seats.

After expelling Vinod Kumar Binny from the party, the AAP is left with 27 legislators.

The Congress has eight legislators. There is one Independent legislator and one from the Janata Dal-United.

The last government led by Arvind Kejriwal had resigned on February 14 after the party's pet project, the Jan Lokpal Bill, could not be passed due to opposition from BJP and Congress.

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