This split in Congress would pave way for the formation of new government in the national capital. The Congress high command has already been apprised of the change of mind of these MLAs.

If sources are to be believed, after having a good look at the grim situation of Congress, these MLAs are hell-bent on saving their legislator status and are not ready to jump into the electoral fray again at any cost.

On last Sunday, a state Congress meeting was held. The alarming bells for the grand old party were rung at that time only since many MLAs gave a miss to the meeting.

When a resolution of not supporting the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was being moved during the meeting, all the present MLAs declined to support it.

BJP-led government in Delhi on the cards

Out of the six MLAs that have made up their mind to leave Congress, three belong to the Muslim community, while the rest are from other communities.

While the Muslim legislators for apparent reasons are averse to support a BJP government, the other three MLAs are keen to back it.

These disgruntled Congress legislators are in constant touch with leaders of both BJP and AAP. If talks with the BJP materialize then this separate faction of Congress legislators would again split and a sub-faction out of these would support the BJP government.

The probability of such a scenario is much higher. One of the major reasons behind this is the fact that BJP also have a government at the Centre.

The other reason is that since BJP is the single largest party in Delhi, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung would invite them first to make the government in the national capital.

Presently, BJP won 31 MLAs, while its ally Akali Dal registered victory on one seat. Two Independent legislators have already declared their support to BJP.

In a 70-member House, the magic figure is 36. Therefore, with the support of these three MLAs, BJP would be able to form a new government in the national capital.

AAP also in race to form new government

The new faction can also merge with the AAP, which could consequently facilitate new government formation.
Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP won 28 seats in Delhi Assembly. If these six MLAs join AAP then it would be a cakewalk for them to form a new government.

The most interesting fact emerging from all of these is that if the government formation talks are successful then in such a scenario senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia would be made the next Chief Minister of Delhi, not Arvind Kejriwal.

However, the biggest stumbling block in this regard is the fact that Kejriwal has already once resigned as the Chief Minister of Delhi.

Jung can ask Sisodia-led AAP to first parade their 36 MLAs in front of him. However, there are still some more snags in this.

Congress ready to pounce upon slightest of opportunities

Congressmen in Delhi still have an eye over forming government with the support of AAP. On the other hand, the grand old party is also trying to ensure that its legislators don’t walk away from the party.

(JPN/Bureau)

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