After nine months of an impasse in the Delhi Assembly, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday invited the Congress and AAP for a meeting in Delhi to explore the possibilities of government formation. Sources claimed that the central BJP leadership had now indicated a shift in the party stance which now leaned towards fresh polls in Delhi after weeks of ambiguity on the issue.
The Lt Governor is expected to meet the AAP and Congress on Monday and has invited the parties to determine the views of political parties on government formation. While Congress and AAP have confirmed that they have been called by the LG, BJP stated it is yet to get an invite.
The unfolding of events that suggest that the Delhi Assembly may be facing dissolution soon came after the central leadership of Bhartiya Janata Party is understood to be favouring going into polls rather than trying to cobble up numbers to form govt in Delhi. It is learnt that the upper echelons of the BJP preferred fresh polls in Delhi after a meeting of the party parliamentary board committee on Sunday night.
A firm decision on the issue is likely today when the committee meets again on Monday. Prime minister Narendra Modi and party’s national president Amit Shah are understood to be favouring polls and a decision on the issue will b taken after consultation with city leaders. LG Najeeb Jung is likely to be informed of the decision and it may lead to dissolution of assembly as Congress and AAP too have expressed desire to go in for polls.
A senior leader in the party said that the change in party’s stand over election has come on Sunday when city leaders expressed their concerns over forming government or going for by-election.
Speaking to Newsline, Haroon Yusuf, Congress leaders said, “We will recommend polls as none of the political party has numbers.” AAP’s Manish Sisodia said that AAP has been called by the LG. “The meeting is at 6. We will ask the dissolution,” added Sisodia.
(With inputs from Dipankar Ghose and Naveed Iqbal)