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BJP is battle-ready, says Harsh Vardhan

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 Harsh Vardhan made it clear that the BJP would not try to form a government in Delhi by resorting to any sort of “manipulation”. Harsh Vardhan made it clear that the BJP would not try to form a government in Delhi by resorting to any sort of “manipulation”.

Upbeat over the BJP’s victory in the Lok Sabha elections, Delhi BJP chief Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said the party was ready for Assembly elections “anytime soon”, confident of getting a clear majority this time.

He made it clear that the BJP would not try to form a government in Delhi by resorting to any sort of “manipulation” and would wait for elections to get a “clear mandate”.

“We are ready for fresh elections for the Legislative Assembly. I think elections should be held at the earliest. I am confident that people of Delhi will give us a clear majority when polls are held,” he told PTI.

“We are battle-ready. We are prepared for election even after one week. This time, the BJP will win a decisive mandate,” he said.

The BJP emerged victorious in all seven Lok Sabha seats in the city. Harsh Vardhan won from Chandni Chowk by a margin of over 1.35 lakh votes.

Favouring early Assembly elections, Harsh Vardhan said polls will have to be held within the next eight months as President’s rule cannot continue beyond one year.

President’s rule was imposed in Delhi on February 17 after the AAP government resigned and the Assembly has been kept in suspended animation since.

Harsh Vardhan said his earlier stand of not forming the government without a majority had not changed. “We will not try to form the government through unfair means. Our earlier stand has not changed. We do not have the numbers and will not resort to any manipulation,” he said.

The BJP, along with its ally Shiromani Akali Dal’s one seat, had the support of 32 MLAs in the 70-member House. But, the party’s strength will come down to 28 as three sitting MLAs — Harsh Vardhan, Parvesh Sahib Singh and Ramesh Bidhuri — have been elected MPs.

The AAP had won 28 seats, followed by the Congress which secured only eight. The JD(U) had won one seat while one seat had gone to an Independent candidate.

Harsh Vardhan said any decision on holding of Assembly polls in Delhi will have to be taken by the new government at the Centre.
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