New Delhi, Oct 28: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may be asked to form a government in Delhi with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung reportedly getting the nod from President Pranab Mukherjee to invite the single largest party to form government.
The Congress and Aam Admi Party, however, have condemned the move.
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to question why the BJP does not want to go for elections.
“How will BJP form govt? They don’t have nos. Why don’t they just call elections? BJP playing dirty tricks wid the people of Delhi. Tried 4 times earlier to “buy” MLAs n form govt. Failed. Now 5th time?” Kejriwal tweeted.
Kejriwal, who accused the BJP of playing dirty tricks with the people of Delhi, said: “BJP playing dirty tricks wid the people of Delhi. Tried 4 times earlier to “buy” MLAs n form govt. Failed. Now 5th time?”
Earlier, the AAP had said the announcement of by-polls in Delhi clearly indicated that the BJP was ‘scared’ to dissolve the assembly and conduct fresh elections.
The Election Commission had on Saturday announced by-polls in three assembly seats in Delhi. The by-polls to three assembly seats in Delhi, which fell vacant after their MLAs resigned following their victories in the Lok Sabha elections, will be held on November 25.
The constituencies in fray — Krishna Nagar, Tughlaqabad and Mehrauli — were won by BJP candidates, and the party will throw everything into the fight to retain them.
Meanwhile, Congress Party leader JP Aggarwal also alleged that LG Najeeb Jung was acting under pressure.
Delhi has been under President’s rule since Kejriwal resigned as the Chief Minister on February 14 after being in office for 49 days.
The BJP won 31 seats in the 70-member house while the AAP emerged victorious in 28 seats in the Delhi Assembly polls held last year.
A repeat of their performance in the assembly elections will take their numbers from 29 to 32 including their lone Akali partner, and that much closer to the majority-mark in the 70-member assembly.
Political circles have long been agog with speculation about efforts to reduce the effective strength of the assembly by engineering vacancies. Although no one has quit so far, BJP’s political opponents remain apprehensive.
(With Agency Inputs)