Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the BJP won’t indulge in horse-trading to form a government in Delhi.
“The BJP will never favour a government with horse-trading. The BJP does not believe in horse-trading,” Singh, on a day’s trip to Jammu & Kashmir to assess the flood-hit areas there, said.
In Delhi, BJP president Amit Shah, however, told a television channel that the BJP has the right to form a government as it has got the mandate in Delhi in both the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections and does not see anything immoral in seeking support for it.
“Our party got the mandate in the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, and we think that mandate stands. I do not find anything immoral in seeking support to form a government,” Shah said in Aap ki Adalat on India TV.
“Everybody wants to avoid fresh elections in Delhi,” Shah said, adding that the “BJP is the single-largest party and it has the right to form a government”.
The Home Minister said the party would take a call once it receives a formal invitation from the Lt-Governor of Delhi. “If invited, we will think about it. BJP does not believe in horse-trading. BJP will never favour a government with horse-trading,” he said.
In a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee, Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung has sought permission to invite the single-largest party in Delhi — the BJP — to form a government. The BJP is five MLAs short of majority. The capital has been under President’s rule since February 17.
The Home Minister said the Lt-Governor was free to call any party for government formation. The BJP was, however, the single-largest party, he pointed out.
The Congress and the AAP, both have, however, criticised the Lt-Governor’s move, saying it would encourage horse-trading. Both the parties have been demanding immediate dissolution of the Assembly.
As far as the Delhi BJP is concerned, with Harsh Vardhan elevated to the Union Cabinet, the party is struggling with leadership issues. Many in the party believe senior leader Jagdish Mukhi should be the choice of chief minister if the party forms a government. Besides Mukhi, another name doing the rounds for the post of chief minister is External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who earlier had a short stint as Delhi chief minister.