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Uncertainty in Delhi over govt formation
Publication Date : 10-12-2013
Twenty four hours after the Assembly poll verdict, the possibility of Central rule is looming large in Delhi with no party crossing the halfway mark and the major opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) making it clear that it would not resort to horse-trading to form the government.
The Delhi BJP is holding a special meeting of all its MLAs tomorrow and will decide its future course of action. Harsh Vardhan is likely to be elected the legislature party president.
In an interview, Vardhan said: “As we don't have majority, we are not thinking about forming the government. If the other parties are not ready to form an alliance with us, we won't disturb them or resort to horse-trading.”
Despite maintaining that the party does not want to betray the public, the Delhi BJP president, Vijay Goel, too, said he does not see any hope of government formation
The BJP has 32 seats, including the seat won by its ally, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), and the AAP has won 28 of Delhi's 70 assembly seats. The BJP needed to win 36 seats to cross the halfway mark to earn a majority and form the government. Goel said, “Lakhs of BJP workers worked dedicatedly, committedly and relentlessly. They helped the BJP to emerge as the favourite choice in Delhi by working at the grassroots level.”
He said though the verdict has been favourable for the BJP, there was scope for doing even better. “There are some seats where we could have had the verdict in our favour. We need to analyse the reason why we couldn’t win these seats and do the needful to ensure that the BJP continues to get stronger and stronger with every passing day,” he added.
While refusing to tie-up either with the Congress or with the BJP saying both the parties are corrupt and the same, the Aam Aadmi Party said it will not form the government in Delhi as it does not have the mandate.