BJP hints at forming government in Delhi; Kejriwal claims party trying to buy Cong MLAs

If BJP decides to form govt, senior leader Jagdish Mukhi could be a strong contender for the CM's post.

By: Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: July 16, 2014 5:41 pm
AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter alleged that the BJP was trying to buy six Congress legislators. AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter alleged that the BJP was trying to buy six Congress legislators.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday indicated that it may take a shot at government formation in Delhi if invited by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung even as Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused the saffron party of trying to buy the Congress MLAs.

Sources said in case BJP decides to form government, senior leader and former Finance Minister Jagdish Mukhi could be a strong contender for the Chief Minister’s post. They said the party was confident of getting the required support of MLAs from other parties.

Meanwhile, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter alleged that the BJP was trying to buy six Congress legislators.

After a meeting with party legislators, newly-appointed Delhi BJP Chief Satish Upadhyay said the party will consider formation of government if the Lt Governor invites it to take over the reins.

“We will consider it (formation of government) provided Lt Governor Najeeb Jung calls us,” he said. He, however, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior leaders of the party will take a final call on the issue.

He held a separate meeting with all seven party MPs from Delhi yesterday to know their views on whether BJP should try to form a government in Delhi or prefer fresh polls.

In today’s meeting, majority of the MLAs were in favour of the party forming the government.

A significant number of party MLAs have already apprised the leadership about their unwillingness to face fresh polls and have been favouring taking a shot at government formation while some of the senior leaders were opposed to it.

The BJP had won 31 seats in the assembly polls in December last year but its number came down to 28 in the 70-member house after three of its legislators Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pervesh Verma were elected to Lok Sabha.

BJP’s ally Akali Dal had won in one seat.

Following resignation of three BJP MLAs, the strength of the assembly has come down to 67 and BJP would require support of five more MLAs to form government.

President’s rule was imposed in Delhi on February 17 after AAP government had resigned. Lt Governor Najeeb Jung is likely to send a report to the Centre in a month or two on the political situation. The Union Cabinet is likely to take a decision on whether to extend President’s rule by another six months or go for fresh polls.

The BJP had come first in 60 of the 70 assembly segments in the Lok Sabha polls.

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has accused the BJP of trying to “buy” its MLAs and engaging in horse-trading.

(With PTI Inputs)


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  1. A
    Jul 16, 2014 at 4:51 pm
    This by the name Kejri could not do anything for the country or the state....!! Such a waste of time, money and the country's resources on a man who promised much and delivered nothing!! Shame on such a man who did nothing but Dharnas and allegations even after his party being in a majority in the Delhi polls. Indians should stop such a nuisance!!
    1. G
      Jul 16, 2014 at 11:57 am
      why would BJP avoid fresh polls when it is likely to get clear majority?delays only help AAP and congress to regroup.
      1. K
        kiran nair
        Jul 16, 2014 at 3:12 pm
        Hail BJP. Kejri is now finished forever forever
        1. K
          kris kumar
          Jul 16, 2014 at 8:37 pm
          Do you know how much it will cost the tax payers? What about time and manpower required in the election. AAP will never get another chance in Delhi and if BJP can form government who are willing to support then there should be no problem. AAP is finished and it is going to be BJP all the way and people of Delhi are going to see much better days.
          1. K
            kvl shanta
            Jul 17, 2014 at 7:51 am
            Kejriwal claims that BJP is trying to buy congress MLAS is foolish on the part of that party want to tarnish its name by selecting the failed party. please keep the image of Modi and run the government genuinely. s the notion that BJP is also replica of Congress and for rich. got the golden opportunity to rule honestly, efficiently under Modis leadership. try to keep the image and provide better governance for the poor.No horse trading ,buying candidates which the public disgust now.
            1. M
              Jul 16, 2014 at 9:06 pm
              Kejriwal se jayada shameless and opportunist koi nahi ho sakta. he can stoop down to any level to get in power. when he was given a chance, why did he run away for bigger ambitions. when he lost LS election then came back to Delhi CM. this guy should be sent to jail for defrauding people. he only know to accuse others and dharnas. Id%ot. BJP laao desh bachao.
              1. N
                Jul 16, 2014 at 3:36 pm
                AAp can form govt with the support of Congress, but BJP cannot form government with the help of other party MLA's even though they have more MLA's then AAP, why ? Kejriwal is stupid.
                1. N
                  Jul 16, 2014 at 7:27 pm
                  Because the moeny spent on elections because of Kejriwal stupidity is not coming from Kejriwal's baab. It is the hard earned money of texpayers.
                  1. N
                    Jul 16, 2014 at 3:39 pm
                    Because, within six months another election would cost common man a lot, as they are already reeling under inflation.
                    1. D
                      Jul 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm
                      It is horsetrading and nothing else !! Huge gap between talk and walk of bjp !!! only politics of AK can bring changes in politics in honest way !! bjp and congress are the same in everything !! no hope of honest politics from these two parties !!!
                      1. S
                        Jul 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm
                        Incompetent, arrogant and self-serving Kejrival betra the public trust by cleverly subverting the democratic process. He must look at himself in the mirror.
                        1. S
                          Jul 16, 2014 at 12:22 pm
                          Why not!. BJP. will do us a favor.. Why should delhites suffer because of AKs ambition.There is expense to be incurred by every one. That should be avoided..Hypotheticaly if AK comes to power there is no surety that he will be sincere in his job and not have Dharnas and keep looking for PM post.. Personally I appreciate AK .But now after 5yrs.My line of argument will not be liked by pseudo democrats.
                          1. C
                            Jul 16, 2014 at 12:07 pm
                            If that is true it shows the moral bankruptcy of the people. Any one with money can buy any ble item/services in the nation. If they think they are a commodity that can be sold let them do that. Ask voters both buyer and the commodity to be taught a lesson next time. Jaihind
                            1. V
                              Jul 16, 2014 at 5:04 pm
                              If that is true BJP should also legalise buying voters..why should poor be out of race ?
                              1. V
                                Vilas Kulkarni
                                Jul 18, 2014 at 8:31 am
                                Kejarivala a congress agent his charges are base less and senseless his party members are leaving him leaving few and soon disappears AAP and PAAP
                                1. S
                                  Jul 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm
                                  Achhe din for cong mla's. Each richer by 20 crores. Paisa pheko tamasha dekho. No difference between cong n bjp.
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