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Bhartiya Janata Party reluctant to form government in Delhi, says ready to face repoll

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - 11:18pm IST | Agency: PTI

BJP on Tuesday asked its newly elected MLAs to be ready for fresh elections, maintaining that it did not have the mandate to form a government and would prefer to sit in the opposition.

BJP's chief ministerial candidate in the assembly polls, Harsh Vardhan, who was on Tuesday formally elected as the leader of the legislature party at the first meeting of elected MLAs, asked them to be ready for fresh elections.

"It is a sad situation for us and residents of Delhi, but due to present technicalities, government cannot be formed with a fractured mandate. We don't have enough numbers to form a stable government and we are ready to fight the election once again, if such a situation arises," Vardhan told reporters after the meeting.

BJP, along with its ally Akali Dal's one seat, has support of 32 MLAs in the 70-member House. AAP won 28 seats followed by Congress with eight. JD-U has won one seat while the Mundka seat has gone to an Independent.

"We have emerged as the single largest party in assembly polls, but lack a few seats (for majority). We are neither eager nor even trying to form government by any immoral means.

"Whether we form the government or not, we will continue serving people. I today promise that residents of Delhi will not regret electing us as their representatives," Vardhan said.

Delhi BJP President Vijay Goel also reiterated the party's line.

"As we have not got majority, we have decided not to form government by any horse trading and any illegal means. In every election, hundreds of crores of rupees are spent. We would have been happy, had any party formed the government," Goel said.

Expressing confidence that BJP will be able to form government after a re-election, Goel said the party was ready to sit in the opposition and also ready to face re-election.

"I am confident that like this time, we will once again emerge as number one party in the election and will get majority to form the government," he said, adding that the party is not seeking anyone's support.


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