BJP won’t go for horse-trading to form govt, says Rajnath

But Amit Shah says nothing immoral in seeking support for govt formation.

By: Express News Service | Jammu/new Delhi | Published: September 7, 2014 2:06 am
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the 33rd National Symposium of Heads of Police Training Institution in Jaipur on Wednesday. (Source: PTI Photo) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the 33rd National Symposium of Heads of Police Training Institution in Jaipur on Wednesday. (Source: PTI Photo)

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.

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  1. A
    Sep 10, 2014 at 5:16 pm
    While Kejriwal resigned, all other candidates of all parties who won, should have been treated like ex MLA's. and as you see you guys are already rejected in Lok Sabha elections coz of ic politics and nonsense words. I really do not support BJP's act of trying to form govt bt such means however don't try to say you are only option.......... BJP is still best... at least better than AAP.... we want development which we are already seeing since Narendra Modi is PM.
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      Anuradha Kalhan
      Sep 7, 2014 at 7:21 am
      The BJP will not indulge horse or cow trading, that too old fashioned now! They can transfuse 'money in the blood' or some such thing with 'technology' obtained from some 'smart city'.
      1. N
        Sep 7, 2014 at 11:27 am
        What prevented the Lt.Guvnor of Delhi in taking such an action in March/April itself? What prevented the President from reminding the Lt.Guvnor in March/April to expedite his decision on the Delhi embly situation? Since he failed to do so, the supreme court had to intervene and give some specific instructions in this context.. Best unbiased nonpartisan option would have been to dissolve the Delhi embly in March/April/May itself & hold the fresh elections within a few weeks thereafter.. Fresh elections could be advised even now at least..Let the Delhi public decide afresh. UPA appointed guvnors shifted and resigned; why the exception in the Delhi situation? Cl 3 student knows 2 7 = 9 but as he/she grows up, gets PG tag, gets employment, he/she will find existence of another group of employees at difft.levels in difftsutions incldg. in Delhi who have been well tutored to understand that 2 7 also means 27.and the responsibility/huge benefits accruing after such indoctrination.. Many understand it all quickly and join the group. Rs.1.70 lakh crores loss to the govt.could also be easily converted to zero loss with ur own set of typical logic/arguments; valuation of some natural resources may be actually Rs.18500 crores but on record it could be shown as just Rs.175 crores. Some other contracts could also be managed for re with thousands of crores of Rs.profits. Examples galore being discussed in many court cases.Upright investigating officers can also be shifted for obvious reasons how many cases can the supreme court intervene & issue instructions? And the judiciary also trying its best to remain in its own of typical island of promotions policies on seniority basis welcoming "untouchability" insurance shield. So many disturbing conundrums in difft.spheres in the country.
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          s s nair
          Sep 7, 2014 at 6:18 am
          The AAP has already reduced prices all essential commodities and Delhi is now corruption free. No crimes are being reported in TV channels and news papers. There are no Ministers with criminal back ground. The BJP with about 27 members can very well form a government in the house of 70 as a maths student of 3rd standard will find 27 is a majority. I hope the President will understand the BJP maths.