After a meeting with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung who invited him to discuss government formation, party's chief ministerial nominee Harsh Vardhan said BJP would like to sit in the opposition in view of the lack of clear mandate by people of Delhi. (JPN/Agencies)
"With BJP emerging as the single largest party in Delhi polls, Lt Governor invited me to discuss government formation. We have conveyed to him that we do not have enough seats and in view of lack of clear mandate, the party would like to sit in the opposition," Vardhan told reporters.
BJP, along with its ally Akali Dal's one seat, has 32 MLAs in the 70-member House while Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has 28 seats followed by Congress' eight. JD-U won one seat while the Mundka seat went to an Independent.
Vardhan said if any other party was interested in forming a government they are welcome but remained non-committal whether BJP would support such a formation.
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There have been suggestions that AAP, which made an electrifying debut and emerged as the second largest party, should form government with outside support of either BJP or Congress, a view rejected outright by the debutant party.
Asked if their move was pushing the national capital towards fresh elections, Vardhan said his party cannot be held responsible for the consequences of the fractured mandate.
Significantly, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had made it clear that his party would prefer fresh election than forming a government with support from Congress or BJP.
Ready for re-elections: Kejriwal
Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has said that his party will neither take nor extend support to either BJP or Congress to form the government. He said AAP is ready for fresh elections in the city, and added that it will be a contest between his party and the BJP this time.
"We are ready for it (re-election). At present, we will neither take, nor extend, support to either BJP or Congress to form the government. But unlike this election, next election would be contested between BJP and AAP, as Congress has lost badly," he said.
Kejriwal said the party will also change some of its candidates, who are considered weak, in case of re-poll.
Congress signals unconditional support to AAP
The Congress has said that a number of senior leaders of Delhi are of the opinion that the party should extend unconditional support to Aam Aadmi Party to form a government in the national capital.
“A number of senior leaders of Delhi are of the opinion that we should give unconditional support to AAP to form a government. They believe that we should extend outside support to it,” said Shakeel Ahmed, AICC general secretary in-charge for Delhi.
After a meeting with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung who invited him to discuss government formation, party's chief ministerial nominee Harsh Vardhan said BJP would like to sit in the opposition in view of the lack of clear mandate by people of Delhi.