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Brass not backing his shot at power, Delhi BJP chief says ready for polls

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Posted: July 19, 2014 1:31 am

After the BJP central leadership made it clear that there would be no poaching of MLAs from opposition parties to form government in Delhi, state unit chief Satish Upadhyay on Friday said the party is ready for fresh polls.

Asked about possibilities of forming government in Delhi, Upadhyay said, “The decision to form the government is yet to be taken, but we are ready for fresh polls. We want the decision on elections to be taken as soon as possible. The ball is in court of the L-G and the Election Commission. I am worried about the perception that the people of Delhi have about BJP and not what the AAP thinks about us.”

For many, Upadhyay’s statement did not come as a surprise as Delhi has received sops from the Centre in the budget announced on Friday. When asked whether the budget was an indication that the party would opt for elections rather than form the government, Upadhyay said it was not a “chunavi budget”.

“Budget was to be announced and the finance minister should be given credit for being sensitive towards the the people of Delhi,” the Delhi BJP chief said.

On his party’s MLA Rambir Singh Bidhuri’s claim that BJP can form the government in 24 hours, Upadhyay said, “I have heard his statement. He specified that seven AAP MLAs came to him as they were feeling suffocated due to dictatorship of the party chief. He then asked central leadership about it and central leadership refused to entertain them. Being a leader, he keeps meeting MLAs over tea. The AAP has created confusion in Delhi for past one-and-a-half year and it is we who have to give a clarification.”

Senior BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi said, “The ball is in the court of the L-G. He is under statutory duty to explore all possibilities to give Delhi a stable government.”

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