Will LG invite BJP today to form govt in Delhi?
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is reported to be getting ready to form government in Delhi, and is waiting for an invite from Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung in this regard.
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is reported to be getting ready to form government in Delhi, and is waiting for an invite from Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung in this regard.
There is speculation that the invite could come as early as today.
Top party sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given his nod for forming the government in Delhi, saying there would be nothing unethical in doing so if the party is invited by the LG.
The BJP started fancying its chances after LG Jung last week, in his report to the President, sought permission from Pranab Mukherjee to allow him to invite BJP to form government in Delhi.
The BJP is currently the single largest party in the Delhi Legislative Assembly with 28 seats. The Aam Aadmi Party has 27 MLAs and Congress has eight.
BJP, along with its ally Akali Dal's one MLA, has 29 MLAs in the Assembly and it will require support of five more legislators to prove majority in the House.
Sources said expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny and Independent MLA from Mundka Rambir Shokeen are ready to support BJP which will leave the party short of three MLAs to reach the magic figure.
Once the LG sends the invitation to the party, the BJP will hold a meet and finalise the government formation, including choosing the chief minister candidate.
Janakpuri-Uttam Nagar MLA Jagdish Mukhi is said to be the frontrunner in this rae.
Asked about the political developments in the capital, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the matter was between the LG and President, to whom Jung wrote the letter.
"I have nothing to say. It is between the President and the LG. The President has not communicated anything to me. You please ask the LG," he said.
Singh, however, refused to comment on allegations of MLA poaching against the BJP.
The Aam Aadmi Party Monday released a video which showed Delhi BJP vice president Sher Singh Dagar allegedly offering a plum post and money to AAP legislator Dinesh Mohaniya in a bid to help the BJP to take power in Delhi.
Delhi has been under President's rule since AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal resigned as chief minister on February 14 after 49 days in office.
The BJP won 31 seats in the 70-member house but now has 28 legislators after three were elected to the Lok Sabha in the general elections held in April-May.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will on Tuesday resume hearing on the petition of AAP seeking dissolution of the Delhi Assembly.
(With agency inputs)