The BJP is waiting eagerly for the invitation from the LG and the expectations in the political circles of the national capital are that Raj Niwas – the official address of Najeeb Jung – will ask the saffron party to form government on Monday, provided the President’s acceptance nod is received.

Highly-placed sources claim that Raj Niwas did not receive any orders by Sunday evening to invite BJP for a shot at government formation in the national capital.

Recently, Jung had sent a report on the existing political tumult in New Delhi to President Pranab Mukherjee, who had forwarded the report to the Home Ministry on last Thursday to know its opinion.

Now, if the Home Ministry decides to agree with the proposal that bats for inviting BJP to form government in Delhi, courtesy its status as the single largest party in the assembly, the President House could also give its nod on the proposal to Raj Niwas.

Several BJP leaders have emphasized in the past that if they get a formal invitation to make government in the capital, they would be more than happy to accept it. But the saffron party is yet to officially select the leader of its MLAs in Delhi.

It is believed that the BJP will hold a meeting of its Parliamentary board on Tuesday. Keeping the existing political state of affairs in the capital in mind, this meeting is deemed to be quite significant.

It is important to keep in mind that the hearing on Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) appeal to dismiss the Delhi Legislative Assembly in the Supreme Court will also take place on Tuesday.

The Centre and the government in the state have to apprise the Apex Court on Tuesday of the several efforts taken so far to form a new regime in the national capital. Therefore, the next two days are believed to be highly-crucial for the political future of New Delhi.
BJP playing cards close to its chest

In its endeavors to make a new government in the national capital, the BJP is playing its cards as close to its chest as possible.

The saffron outfit is yet to reveal who will be Delhi’s Chief Minister in case it gets into a position of forming the government. The party is also yet to officially select the leader of its MLAs in Delhi.

Secondly, the BJP has not up till now disclosed the identities of the MLAs from other parties supporting them in their bid to give Delhi a new government.

Several names in fray for CM post

Senior party leaders believe that Professor Jagdish Mukhi is the natural choice for becoming the next Delhi CM.

However, state party chief Satish Upadhyay’s name is also in reckoning while Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Meenakshi Lekhi are also in the frame.

Support from quite a few non-BJP MLAs available

If sources are to be believed then the BJP has the support of Independent MLA Rambir Shaukeen, suspended MLA Vinod Kumar Binny and at least five other MLAs.

After three BJP MLAs got elected to the Lok Sabha, the effective strength of the Delhi Legislative Assembly has reduced to 67 and 34 MLAs would be required to prove majority in the House.
 
Few BJP leaders opposing government formation efforts sans clear majority

There have been whispers from within the BJP that several senior leaders in the party are opposed to the idea of forming government in Delhi without a clear mandate from the public.

The BJP is facing roadblocks in forming the government in the capital not only from Congress and the AAP but also from leaders within.

It is believed that only due to such an attitude of some of the party leaders the BJP has failed to form a government in the capital from the past three months.

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