Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung said on Monday that the possibility of forming a government “in this Assembly itself” was still being explored.
Speaking to The Indian Express, he said, “People come to me in groups from time to time to suggest ways of forming a government in this Assembly itself, and it would be only fair to give them a chance. There have been two elections here in the past six months and another election would stop the normal administration from functioning… Elections are also an expensive process.”
He, however, said he “could not comment” on the Congress and BJP’s statements that it was upto him to call fresh elections. “The Constitution is my guide on this. I will call elections the moment I am convinced that there is no possibility of any government being formed,” he said.
With no elected government in place, the Delhi Assembly is currently in suspended animation. No political group has claimed a majority since AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal resigned from the Chief Minister’s post in February this year, after just 48 days in office.
A five-member Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court is set to take up the case, following the AAP’s petition stating that the Delhi Assembly must be dissolved and fresh elections should be held. Meanwhile, asked if the NDA government had indicated that he should resign, Jung said, “I have not been ‘nudged’ or got a phone call or anything. I do not see myself as a political appointee and have no problem with the change in government. I have not been pushed by anyone, so I continue to function as I did when I joined.”