With a section in BJP favouring taking a shot at government formation in Delhi, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal along with 24 party MLAs today met Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and demanded immediate dissolution of the assembly to stop "horse trading" of legislators and pushed for fresh polls.
After 25-minute-long meeting, Jung said he will take into account the "full situation and after due consultations with others, send in a detailed report to the President of India for his consideration." Kejriwal later described the discussions with Jung as "good" and said the Lt Governor will now invite BJP for discussions and if the party claims that they can form the government, then he will ask it to show the numbers.
"Met LG. Had good discussions. He will now invite BJP for discussions. If BJP claims they can form govt, LG will ask them to show nos. We told him that delay in dissolving assembly was encouraging horse trading," Kejriwal tweeted soon after the meeting.
Senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said his party demanded conducting fresh polls "as soon as possible" as government formation in the current scenario was not possible.
"We explained to him the current political situation and told him that delay in dissolving assembly was encouraging horse trading. We had resigned on February 14 and that time also recommended dissolution of the assembly," he said.
The AAP leader said as Congress has already announced that all its eight MLAs will neither take nor give support to anyone, there was no possibility of government formation. In a statement , LG office said "Arvind Kejriwal along with 24 MLAs of Aam Aadmi Party came and met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung. Making accusations of horse trading, they asked for the dissolution of the Assembly."
Sisodia said Jung assured them that he will hold discussions with all parties including BJP and will then send a detailed report to the President. "However, he said that if any party is indulging in horse trading, then he cannot help as it doesn't fall under his jurisdiction," Sisodia said.
Referring to BJP showing willingness to form a government, Sisodia asked why the party didn't form government when it had 32 MLAs. "How will they form government with 29 MLAs now". Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay on Monday had said his party was "fully ready" to face fresh elections though many party MLAs are reluctant to go to polls again.
At the same time, he said the party will explore taking a shot at power and talk about the numbers once invited by the Lt Governor.