As the election has thrown up a hung verdict, the Lieutenant Governor is now expected to formally explore all options to put in place a government and is likely to call the BJP, which along with its ally Shiromani Akali Dal’s one seat, has the support of 32 MLAs in the 70-member Delhi Assembly. (JPN/Agencies)
If BJP declines such an offer due to the lack of majority, the Lieutenant Governor may ask the second largest party — the Aam Aadmi Party which bagged 28 seats — whether it is in a position to form the government. In case the Aam Aadmi Party, which impressed all with its spectacular debut, also refuses to take the offer then he may be left with little option but to recommend central rule.
As both BJP and AAP have announced that they would prefer sitting in the opposition, chances of President's Rule have become brighter. If President's Rule is imposed, then the Lt Governor will run the government with the help of a group of advisors.
LG to explore all options
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde earlier on Monday said the Lieutenant Governor will explore all options of forming a new government before taking a call.
"The LG will first explore all options of government formation. As of now, the Home Ministry has no role in it," Shinde told reporters here.
No ‘horse-trading’, ready for fresh elections: BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday made clear its reluctance to form the government in Delhi, saying it did not have the numbers and that it is ready to face elections.
BJP's chief ministerial candidate in the assembly polls, Harsh Vardhan, was on Tuesday formally elected as the leader of the legislature party at the first meeting of 31 party MLAs and one SAD legislator at the Delhi BJP office.
"It is a sad situation for us and residents of Delhi, but due to present technicalities the government cannot be formed with a fractured mandate. We don't have enough numbers to form a stable government and we are ready to fight the election once again if such a situation arises," Vardhan told reporters after the meeting.
"We have emerged as the single largest party in assembly polls, but lack a few seats (for majority). We are neither eager nor even trying to form the government by any immoral means. Whether we form the government or not, we will continue serving people. I today promise that residents of Delhi will not regret electing us as their representatives," added Vardhan.
Delhi BJP President Vijay Goel also reiterated the party's line.
"As we have not got majority, we have decided not to form government by any horse trading and any illegal means. In every election, hundreds of crores of rupees are spent. We would have been happy had any party formed the government," said Goel.
Expressing confidence that the BJP will be able to form government after a re-election, Goel said that the party was ready to sit in the opposition and also ready to face election.
"I am confident that like this time, we will once again emerge as number one party in the election and will get majority to form the government," said Goel, adding that the party is not seeking anyone's support.
Ready for re-elections: Kejriwal
Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has said that his party will neither take nor extend support to either BJP or Congress to form the government. He said AAP is ready for fresh elections in the city, and added that it will be a contest between his party and the BJP this time.
"We are ready for it (re-election). At present, we will neither take, nor extend, support to either BJP or Congress to form the government. But unlike this election, next election would be contested between BJP and AAP, as Congress has lost badly," he said.
Kejriwal said the party will also change some of its candidates, who are considered weak, in case of re-poll.
Congress signals unconditional support to AAP
The Congress has said that a number of senior leaders of Delhi are of the opinion that the party should extend unconditional support to Aam Aadmi Party to form a government in the national capital.
“A number of senior leaders of Delhi are of the opinion that we should give unconditional support to AAP to form a government. They believe that we should extend outside support to it,” said Shakeel Ahmed, AICC general secretary in-charge for Delhi.
As the election has thrown up a hung verdict, the Lieutenant Governor is now expected to formally explore all options to put in place a government and is likely to call the BJP, which along with its ally Shiromani Akali Dal’s one seat, has the support of 32 MLAs in the 70-member Delhi Assembly.