The BJP has already stepped up its efforts to form a new government in Delhi.

Delhi BJP convener Prabhat Jha and party’s general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy have for the first time accepted that all options are open for the saffron party to form the government in the national capital.

Soon, more clarity over the situation would come forward from the BJP. However, the statements made by these two top BJP leaders have made it clear that the saffron party is fighting tooth and nail behind the curtains to form a government in Delhi.

Ever since the Lok Sabha elections culminated, the BJP legislators started exploring new avenues that would lead them to the doors of Delhi Assembly despite the party organisation not agreeing with it.

Delhi BJP president Dr Harsh Vardhan, who is also the Union Health Minister, has constantly denied any probability of the party forming a government in the national capital by indulging in any kind of horse trading.

If the BJP would have been eager to form the government then it could have done it in December last year when Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had invited the saffron party to form a new government in Delhi.

Therefore, fresh assembly polls in Delhi is the only viable option. Several other top BJP leaders are also in favour of it.

However, completely contradicting the party line, BJP MLAs Professor Jagdish Mukhi, Ramveer Singh Bidhuri and several other legislators were always in the pursue to accrue the required numbers to form the government in Delhi.

The efforts from these BJP MLAs to form the government in Delhi intensified after Narendra Modi-led NDA government took charge at the Centre. They were also trying hard to convince BJP’s national leadership and the RSS over this matter.

Their efforts finally paid dividends as the BJP’s national leadership gave strong cues to its Delhi unit to prepare a formula for government formation in the national capital.

Till date, everything was going on behind the curtains for the BJP but now the party’s national leaders have started publicly talking about government formation in Delhi. They claim that both the options of forming a government in Delhi or fresh polls are open in front of them.

The BJP’s central leadership is expected to take a decision over government formation in the national capital soon.

Sources claim that Dr Harsh Vardhan and Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari met senior Sangh leaders last week where they agreed to chalk out new ways to form the government in Delhi. The BJP has since then spiralled its efforts to form the government in Delhi.

According to reports, six Congress MLAs are ready to defect from their party to support the BJP in Delhi. Some of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs are also in touch with the saffron party. But the major talk is about forming a new government in Delhi with the support of these six Congress MLAs.

Now the BJP leadership is profoundly deliberating on whether to formally embrace these six rebel Congress MLAs in the party fold or to take their external support to form a government in the national capital.

While speaking on party’s change in standpoint, Prabhat Jha said at the time when Dr Harsh Vardhan was calling fresh elections as the only option left in Delhi for government formation, he was not a Union Minister in the Central government.

It is important to note that since Dr Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pravesh Verma won from their seats in the Lok Sabha elections, the strength of the Delhi Vidhan Sabha has been reduced to 67 as opposed to 70.

In such a scenario, any party with 34 MLAs would be in a position to form a government in Delhi.

The BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal coalition has a total of 29 seats in the assembly and if the six rebel Congress MLAs give them support then their number would reach 35, which is more than enough to form a new government in the national capital.

AAP MLAs accuse BJP of offering them money to pull out

In an interesting turn of event on Wednesday, five AAP MLAs have told an English daily that the BJP has offered them money and financial enticements if they defect from Arvind Kejriwal-led party to help them form a new government, according to reports.

According to reports, the AAP MLAs, which include Rajesh Garg from Rohini, Raju Dhingan from Trilokpuri and Manoj Kumar from Kondli, were approached through phones or mediators.

The Aam Aadmi Party MLAs are likely to meet on Wednesday evening to discuss their further strategy over government formation.
Reports suggest that the BJP, which has now made up its mind to form a new government in Delhi, has sent lucrative signals to several AAP and Congress MLAs recently.

The Delhi Legislative Assembly is currently in suspended animation with President’s rule being imposed here after AAP chief Kejriwal resigned as the Chief Minister on 14th February.

(JPN/Bureau)

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