Home Minister and former BJP president Rajnath Singh rubbished Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal's allegations that BJP was trying to poach some opposition MLAs to be able to form government in Delhi.

Asked whether there was any direction to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to take initiatives for government formation, Singh said no such directive has been given by the Home Ministry. Delhi is currently under President's Rule after the Kejriwal-led AAP government resigned in mid-February.

Earlier, in a series of tweets, Kejriwal alleged that the L-G would be encouraging horse-trading by inviting the BJP as the saffron party lacks majority in the house and would have to poach on MLAs from the opposition to be in a position to form the government.



Newly-appointed Delhi BJP Chief Satish Upadhyay had on Wednesday said that the party would consider taking a shot at government formation if invited by the Lt Governor.

The state BJP leadership, along with senior central leaders, is reported to be striking a deal with six Congress MLAs who are allegedly willing to support a BJP-led government in the national capital.l.

GOVERNMENT FORMATION IN DELHI

BJP had emerged the single largest party after the polls with 32 seats, including one of Akali Dal, in the 70-member Assembly.

BJP will require the support of five additional MLAs to prove majority in the Assembly.

All BJP MLAs and MPs in Delhi are believed to be in favour of the party forming the government.

Final decision on govt formation by the BJP is expected to be taken when Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns from BRICS summit.

Former Delhi Finance Minister Jagdish Mukhi is considered to be in the race for Chief Minister's post.

AAP with 28 MLAs had later formed the government with support of eight Congress MLAs.

All BJP MLAs and MPs in Delhi are believed to be in favour of the party forming the government and a final decision on it is expected to be taken when Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns from the BRICS summit in Brazil.

BJP will require the support of five additional MLAs to prove majority in the Assembly and party sources said the party was confident of getting them.

BJP had emerged the single largest party after the polls with 32 seats, including one of Akali Dal, in the 70-member Assembly. But it had refused to form government in December, saying it did not have the numbers and will not resort to any "unfair means" to take the reins.

AAP with 28 MLAs had later formed the government with support of eight Congress MLAs. BJP's number came down to 28 after three of its MLAs - Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pervesh Verma - were elected to the Lok Sabha. The strength of the Assembly also went down to 67 and the simple majority mark would be 34.

Kejriwal seeks appointment with Delhi LG

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal sought an appointment with Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung Thursday, a day after the BJP indicated that it could form a government in Delhi.

Kejriwal tweeted: "I have sought an appointment from LG for all AAP MLAs to meet him today (Thursday). Waiting for his response."

Kejriwal, who quit as chief minister of Delhi on February 14 after 49 days in power, tweeted: "Can LG invite a party to form government without prima facie satisfying himself whether the party has numbers?"

In another tweet, Kejriwal said: "Would LG encourage horse trading if he invites a party to form government despite knowing that they don't have number?"

Kejriwal also questioned whether Jung can invite the BJP, which has earlier declined to form the government.

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