"By natural democratic process if we get majority we will think about it. Otherwise we will prefer to sit in opposition," former BJP president and party's Delhi election In-charge Nitin Gadkari said after a series of meetings he held with senior leaders.

The party went into a huddle today to discuss future course of action. While BJP emerged as single largest party winning 31 seats in the 70-member assembly, its ally Akali Dal (Badal) bagged one constituency, leaving it four MLAs short of majority mark of 36.
    
AAP, on the other hand, bagged 28 seats followed by Congress with eight. JD-U won one seat while the Mundka seat was won by an Independent.
    
"We have no numbers. We do not want to purchase any MLAs," Gadkari said.
    
Sources said Gadkari discussed the issue with Narendra Modi through teleconferencing and the common view in the party was that it should not resort to taking any unethical move.
    
"Obviously we do not have the numbers. We have 32 MLAs while we need support of 36 MLAs. Even if one of the unattached members support us or there is some repolarisation, the options are limited," senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said.
    
BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan also echoed the same view saying the party will not form the government as people of Delhi did not give such a mandate.
    
"People of Delhi made us the single largest party. But they did not give us support to form the government. We do not believe in politics of horse trading. The ball is not in our court," he said, indicating that BJP may prefer to face fresh election if the stalemate continued.
    
The BJP has called a meeting of all newly elected MLAs tomorrow which will be attended by Gadkari, party's Delhi unit president Vijay Goel and senior leader Thawarchand.
    
The AAP has also maintained that it will not stake claim to form government and will play the role of a constructive opposition.

BJP unlikely to make any attempt to woo AAP MLAs


BJP appears to have reconciled to the hung verdict in Delhi elections and is unlikely to make any efforts to poach MLAs to reach the majority mark as any controversy ahead of the Lok Sabha polls may cost it dear and winning over AAP or Congress lawmakers seems a tall order.
    
Senior BJP leaders, preferring anonymity, said though the party is within "handshaking distance" from the half-way mark of 36 in an Assembly of 70, it does not want to make any attempt to woo Aam Aadmi MLAs.
    
Sources said initially there were suggestions from some quarters in the BJP that Operation Lotus, which Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa had successfully tried in his state, could be attempted here too. But senior leaders were vehemently opposed.
    
Yeddyurappa had convinced some Congress MLAs in Karnataka to resign and contest by-elections on a BJP ticket. This had helped his minority government get the numbers.
    
But with AAP contesting the polls on an anti-corruption plank, none of its MLAs would be willing to resign and contest on a BJP ticket as their probability of re-election would be greatly diminished.
    
BJP is also wary of even approaching AAP MLAs on this issue due to the fear of sting operations, sources said.     "Getting embroiled in any controversy at this juncture when BJP is hopeful of coming to power in the Lok Sabha elections, which are just months away, would cost us dear.

Going for re-elections in Delhi Assembly along with the general elections is a better idea," another BJP leader said. Moreover, AAP's stellar performance has shown that any corrupt practice, including wooing MLAs through allurements, would lead to adverse reactions from the people.

(Agencies)

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