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View on govt formation clear since Dec. 2013: Delhi BJP chief

PTI 03 Nov 2014, 23:13:15 PM IST

New Delhi:  Delhi BJP has stressed that its stand on government formation has been clear since December last year that it would never engage in horse-trading to come to power in the national capital after it earlier today declined the Lt Governor's offer to form a government here.  

“BJP's stand on government formation in Delhi has been very clear since December 8, 2013, that it will never engage in horse-trading to form the government,” said Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay.

After the results of the Assembly polls in December last year, the then Delhi BJP chief Harsh Vardhan had declined to form a government here saying they did not have the required numbers.

“In view of the lack of clear mandate by the people of Delhi, BJP would like to sit in the opposition,” Vardhan had said.
Delhi tonight appeared headed for Assembly polls after BJP, AAP and Congress said they were not for the formation of a new government while calling for polls to allow a fresh mandate to be sought to end the eight-month-long political uncertainty.

Indications are that Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, who met the leaders of the three political parties, may send his recommendation to the President for dissolving the Assembly any time.

While BJP declined the LG's offer, AAP and Congress made it clear that they were in favour of immediate elections. 

The LG held consultations in the wake of the Supreme Court putting the issue on the fast track and giving him time till Nov. 11 to explore the possibility of government formation.

The court was hearing AAP's petition seeking early dissolution of the Assembly, which has been in suspended animation since February after the fall of the AAP government.