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8:47 am - Thursday April 24, 2014

Delhi likely to see fresh elections as BJP declines to form govt

HarshvardhanAgencies, New Delhi,  Delhi is likely to see fresh polls as the BJP, which has been emerged as the single largest party in Delhi Assembly polls with 31 seats, today declined to form a government in the national capital.

”With the BJP emerging as the single largest party in Delhi Assembly polls, Lt Governor had invited me to discuss government formation,” Dr Harsh Vardhan told reporters after his about 45-minute-long meeting with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said in view of lack of a clear mandate by the people of Delhi, his party would like to sit in the Opposition and serve the people.

”We have conveyed to the Lt Governor that we do not have enough seats and in view of lack of clear mandate, the party would like to sit in the Opposition,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said.    He said the BJP always believed in transparency and good behaviour in politics.    ”We don’t want to arrange the numbers or disturb other parties,” he added.

While 36 seats are required to form a government in Delhi, the BJP, along with its ally Shiromani Akali Dal’s one seat, has 32 MLAs in the 70-member House.

Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has 28 seats followed by the Congress which managed only eight seats.

Janata Dal(United) won one seat while one seat went to an Independent.
Dr Harsh Vardhan said if any other party was interested in forming a government, it was welcome.    Sources said after the BJP’s refusal, the Lt Governor has called Mr Kejriwal tomorrow to discuss government formation.

However, the AAP has also maintained so far that it would not stake claim to form the government and was ready to sit in the Opposition.

The newly-formed party has asked its MLAs to be ready for re-election.

AAP leader Manish Sisodia said the party would not stake claim to form the government.

If Mr Kejriwal also refuses to form the government, the Lt Governor is likely to recommend President’s Rule in Delhi.

In such a scenario, election in the national capital are likely to take place along with the general election in April-May next year.

Posted in: Nation

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