India: Talk of fresh election gets louder as BJP and Aam refuse to merge

December 10, 2013 | By | Reply More

Dec 10, – New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday exhorted its newly elected Delhi assembly lawmakers to prepare for fresh polls.

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The message was given to the 31 lawmakers declared elected on Sunday by the former BJP president Nitin Gadkari who was in-charge for Delhi elections.

Gadkari told them not to think themselves as MLAs (members of legislative assembly) but as candidates at the first meeting of the newly elected lawmakers, including the party’s chief ministerial candidate Dr Harsh Vardhan. Delhi BJP unit president Vijay Goel was also present at the meeting.

BJP had emerged as the single largest party with 31 lawmakers in the 70-member Delhi assembly while debutant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) finished second with 28 lawmakers in the hung assembly.

While AAP formally elected its supremo and chief ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal as leader of the legislative party, BJP has so far made no such move, giving fair indication that it sees no chance of formation of new government.

Both BJP and AAP have already declared that, since they do not have the numbers, they would prefer to sit in the opposition. They are not even ready to join hands or rope in the erstwhile ruling Congress party, which won just eight seats in a humiliating defeat.

The two parties are working on the calculation that in the event of fresh polls being called to end the political deadlock, they would benefit and cross the majority mark of 36.

All hopes that AAP may end up giving issue-based support to BJP was thwarted on Tuesday with Kejriwal reiterating his party’s stand.

“Neither will we take support nor give support [to form the government]. There is no question,” Kejriwal said.

Senior AAP leader Prashant Bhushan had on Monday indicated that AAP may give issue-based support to BJP. Kejriwal was categorical in saying that what Prashant Bhushan had said was his opinion and not the official stand of the party.

“Let the BJP and Congress [party] join hands … Both indulge in corruption. The BJP is the single largest party. Let them join hands with the Congress and form a government,” Kejriwal said.

The rigid stand taken by both BJP and AAP is slowly but surely pushing Delhi to prepare for fresh polls.

Meanwhile, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung too has also not initiated any step to formally explore the possibility of forming a new government, although no one has come forward to stake the customary claim.

According to precedent, in such a scenario, the leader of the single largest party is first asked to form the government and prove his majority before the same offer is made to the second largest party.

Most probably Jung, who is new in the post, is watching the situation. He may go through this formality before recommending President’s rule that would make him chief executive of Delhi government. In all likelihood fresh polls in Delhi could be held along with those for the Lok Sabha, which are due in April-May next year.

Press journalist for HRO media – contributed to this report.

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