No harm if Delhi Congress MLAs join BJP: Subramanian Swamy

By Biplob Ghosal | Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 20:37

Zee Media Bureau/Biplob Ghosal

New Delhi: With the suspense over government formation in the national capital continuing, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday opined that there was no harm if Delhi Congress MLAs joined his party.

Expressing his views on the issue of possibility of elections in Delhi, Swamy said that out of eight Congress MLAs, six were ready to break away as the leaders of the grand old party didn`t see any future in the party.

The outspoken BJP leader asserted that Delhi Congress MLAs joining the BJP would lead to government formation in the national capital and the nation would be saved from further poll expenses.

Interestingly, Swamy`s reaction comes after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal had yesterday charged BJP with trying to buy Congress MLAs after failing to lure his party legislators.
Meanwhile, reports have indicated that the BJP is keen to form the government with the help of lone JD(U) and Independent MLAs. However, the party is yet to give any official confirmation on this.

During the 2012 Assembly polls, the BJP had won 31 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly. However, party leaders Dr Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pervesh Verma have been elected to the Lower House in the recent Lok Sabha elections, thus reducing its number to 28.
Recently, newly-elected Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay had said that the party would soon take a call on whether it should contest the elections or form a government.

Meanwhile, AAP has accused the BJP of trying to "buy MLAs" and party chief Arvind Kejriwal has said that the saffron party was avoiding elections in Delhi as it was scared of losing.

The former Delhi chief minister also alleged that the BJP was trying to break away Congress legislators in its bid to form the government in Delhi.

Delhi has been under suspended animation for four months now, after the AAP government quit after ruling the national capital for 49 days. No party in the capital has staked claim to form the government and this might pave the way for fresh elections.



First Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 20:04

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