BJP is awaiting to form a government in Delhi with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung sending a report to the President Pranab Mukherjee seeking permission to call the single largest party to form a government.
In his report, Jung gave detailed analysis of the political situation in the city and underlined the need to have an elected government in the city which is under President’s rule since February 17 following resignation of the Aam Aadmi Party government.
The Lt Governor said though no party has claimed to form government in Delhi, the BJP could be invited to take the reins as it is the single largest party in the Assembly.
Jung observed that all possible options for an elected government should be explored ahead of fresh polls.
Amidst moves for government formation in Delhi Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that BJP will take a decision on the issue.
“The party will take a decision,” he told reporters after Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who is election in charge of party affairs in Delhi, met him at the North Block.
He was backed by Delhi BJP Chief Satish Upadhyay as he said that the party would examine if it was invited to form government.
Sources in BJP said almost all its MLAs and senior Delhi leaders are not in favour of facing Assembly election immediately and have already conveyed their views to top leadership.
The President’s Rule was imposed in Delhi on February 17.
The Lt Governor had not favoured dissolution of the Delhi Assembly as recommended by the Council of Ministers headed by Kejriwal and kept the Assembly in suspended condition.
Last week the Congress and AAP had cautioned the Lt Governor not to take any “unconstitutional move” by inviting BJP to form government.
Both the parties have been demanding immediate dissolution of the Assembly, saying keeping it in suspended animation will encourage horse trading.
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.
Opposition attacks LG
With the LG planning to call the single largest party to form the government in Delhi, the AAP on Friday launched a scathing attack on Najeeb Jung accusing him of promoting “horse-trading”.
“Media reports clearly signal that Lt Governor of Delhi is promoting horse trading. President should not allow him and BJP to play with democracy. It will be a rape of Constitution if a party which has refused to form government once, is invited to form the Govt,” senior AAP leader and party’s Delhi Convenor Ashutosh tweeted.
“I hope Lt Governor remembers that letter of refusal written by (then BJP Chief Ministerial candidate) Harsh Vardhan. If he does not have, then AAP can pass it to him. How can Lt Governor invite a party to form the govt which has in writing refused to from govt. BJP did this in December,” he said.
The Congress too attacked the LG, saying BJP should not get an opportunity to form government “using the back door”.
“BJP should first prove its majority on the floor of the House. Congress and its MLAs will vote against the motion and not align with a communal party like BJP,” Congress spokesperson Mukesh Sharma said.