Why is BJP scared of contesting Delhi elections, asks AAP leader Kumar Vishwas

By Biplob Ghosal | Last Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 18:24

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New Delhi: With reports indicating that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was looking to form the government in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas on Wednesday questioned the saffron party`s reluctance to contest the Assembly elections.

Speaking to ANI, Vishwas, who unsuccessfully contested the General Elections from Rahul Gandhi`s Amethi constituency mocked the BJP saying that the party should fight the Delhi Assembly elections. “Why is it scared of doing so,” he asked.
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: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 18:24

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