After the BJP formally declined the Lieutenant-Governor’s invitation to form government, Delhi is heading for President’s rule and re-election. The BJP, which is the single largest party in the newly-elected assembly with 32 MLAs (including one of SAD), told Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Najeeb Jung on Thursday that it would not be able to form government as it lacked majority in the 70-member House.
According to sources at Raj Niwas, the L-G has now invited the AAP to form government. AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal likely to meet the L-G on Saturday. The Aam Admi Party, which has 28 MLAs, has already refused to take support from either the Congress or the BJP to form government.
After meeting Najeeb Jung, BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “We told the L-G that BJP cannot form a government in Delhi as it lacked majority support in the hung 70-member legislature. The BJP would prefer to occupy the opposition benches.”
Dr Vardhan said that the BJP would form government only when people give it a clear mandate.
“As the BJP does not have a majority in the assembly, it is not possible to have an alliance with other party and we would not indulge in any horse trading to cobble up numbers to form the government,” he said.
Sources in the L-G’s office said that if the AAP also refuses the invitation to form government, a report would be send to the President to take necessary action. “The L-G may recommend imposition of President’s rule or suggest to keep it under suspended animation if no party is able form government,” he said.