Hectic consultations were on in both parties a day after the assembly elections returned a split verdict that gave majority to none in the 70-member assembly. Both BJP and AAP asserted that they would neither extend nor take support from each other. 2013 Delhi Assembly Elections RESULTS BJP SAYS WON’T INDULGE IN ‘HORSE TRADING’ Amid uncertainty in government formation, senior BJP leaders also held series of meetings and maintained their earlier position that the party will not stake claim to form a government as it was short of a clear majority. "We have no numbers. We do not want to purchase any MLAs," former BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who is party in-charge of Delhi, said.
THE NUMBER GAME
While Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as single largest party winning 31 seats, its ally Akali Dal (Badal) bagged one seat, leaving it four MLAs short of majority mark of 36. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on the other hand bagged 28 seats followed by the Congress with eight. The JD-U won one seat, while the Mundka seat was won by an Independent.
AAP SAYS WILL PLAY ROLE OF CONSTRUCTIVE OPPOSITION
After a meeting of top party leaders at Arvind Kejriwal's residence, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said even if Lt Governor Najeeb Jung invites the party to form the government it will decline such an offer citing lack of majority. "We are not going to form the government. We will sit in the opposition and play the role of a constructive opposition. As per the Constitution the largest party has to take the responsibility of forming government," Yadav said.
"We have not got majority. So, it is very surprising that the number one party (BJP) is not ready to form the government and telling us to do so," he said.
Kejriwal, who held another meeting with AAP's newly-elected MLAs to discuss the party’s future strategy, said they would prefer to sit in the opposition and face elections if the situation warranted.
Sources said Gadkari discussed the issue with BJP’s prime ministerial candidate 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.
"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 on Tuesday which will be attended by Gadkari, party's Delhi unit president Vijay Goel and senior leader Thawar Chand.
CONGRESS UNDECIDED ON ALLIANCE WITH AAP
When asked whether Congress was open to extend support to AAP to form a government, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit referred to Kejriwal's comment that his party will not take support of any party.
"AAP said they will not take support of Congress. It is their decision. We have not taken any decision on it," she said.
She said if there was no headway in government formation then there will be no option but to go for fresh polls. Meanwhile Lt Governor Najeeb Jung held consultations with senior officials and experts, including Delhi Assembly Secretary P N Mishra, on the next course of action. Dikshit also paid a courtesy call on Jung.
Hectic consultations were on in both parties a day after the assembly elections returned a split verdict that gave majority to none in the 70-member assembly. Both BJP and AAP asserted that they would neither extend nor take support from each other.
2013 Delhi Assembly Elections RESULTS
BJP SAYS WON’T INDULGE IN ‘HORSE TRADING’
Amid uncertainty in government formation, senior BJP leaders also held series of meetings and maintained their earlier position that the party will not stake claim to form a government as it was short of a clear majority.
"We have no numbers. We do not want to purchase any MLAs," former BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who is party in-charge of Delhi, said.
The Delhi unit of Congress said on Tuesday they would approach the party high command to extend "unconditional" outside support to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Shakeel Ahmed, All India Congress Committee general secretary in-charge of Delhi, said, "There is a feeling among leaders in the party in Delhi to extend support unconditionally to AAP. But we need to take the opinion of elected MLAs in Delhi and then we will approach the party high command and decide."
CENTRE NOT TO INTERVENE IN DELHI GOVT FORMATION ISSUE: SHINDE
The onus is on BJP as the single largest party followed by AAP to form the new government in Delhi and the Centre will not interfere in the present logjam, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Tuesday.
Since the Congress party has been decimated to the third position with 8 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly, the single largest party BJP+ (32) followed by AAP (28) have to find ways to give a new dispensation, he said.
"What can we do? We will have to wait and watch...we cannot do anything. Whatever is to be done, has to be done by the two parties (BJP and AAP)," Shinde told reporters here when asked about government formation in the state.
Responding to questions at his monthly press conference, Shinde said his Ministry has not received any communication from the office of the Delhi LG on the subject. "The Delhi LG office has only sent resignation of the former Chief Minister (Sheila Dikshit)," he said.
On a query on the probe into alleged irregularities in the foreign source funding of AAP, the Home Minister said the investigation in this case has still been not completed and once it is done, the Delhi High Court would be informed about it.