Kejriwal received a call from the Lieutenant Governor’s office on Thursday evening soon after BJP's chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan declined the offer to form a government citing lack of majority in the 70-member Delhi Assembly.

“We have been invited tomorrow, but as Arvind (Kejriwal) is not keeping well, we have asked for time till Saturday,” AAP spokesperson Manish Sisodia said.

Kejriwal rules out extending support to BJP

The Aam Aadmi Party is reluctant to form a government in Delhi with either the Congress or the BJP after finishing second in the Delhi Assembly polls, and said that it is ready to play the role of a responsible Opposition.

“We are clear on our stand. We would be sticking to our stand that we would neither take support to form the government nor support Congress or BJP,” Sisodia said.

Senior AAP leaders would be meeting on Friday to discuss the future course of action.

THE NUMBER GAME



After a meeting with the Lieutenant Governor who invited him to discuss government formation, BJP’s legislature party leader Harsh Vardhan said that his party would like to sit in the Opposition in view of the lack of clear mandate by people of Delhi.

BJP declines to form government

“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 on Thursday.

The Delhi Assembly polls threw a fractured mandate with no party securing majority in the 70-member assembly. BJP’s ally Akali Dal has one MLA, bringing its tally to 32.  AAP won 28 seats, followed by Congress’ eight. JD (U) has won one seat, while the Mundka seat has gone to an Independent.

Both the BJP and AAP lack numbers to cross the magic figure of 36. In this backdrop, the two parties are in favour of fresh elections to the 70-member Assembly.

(JPN/Agencies)

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