A day after the Supreme Court gave the Centre five months to end the impasse on government formation in Delhi, the BJP MLAs seem to be going the AAP way.
Taking a leaf out of the AAP, senior BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi’s son Atul Mukhi has embarked on a referendum of sorts to find out if the people of Delhi want the existing MLAs to form a government in Delhi soon. Atul sent out text messages on Wednesday asking people to send in their views on government formation.
He quoted a question put out by Zee News on whether people wanted the existing MLAs to form a government or not.
“Please type ZN A (A being the option favouring government formation) in favour of government formation in Delhi by existing MLAs. This is a Zee News initiative,” the message read. He also went to add “Kaise bhi karke AAP ko nisto naboot karna hai.”
The results will be announced by the channel during its prime time show, his message said.
Earlier, Jagdish Mukhi has said none of the MLAs — including those of the AAP and the Congress — wanted fresh elections in Delhi. Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay too agreed that a majority of MLAs want to form a minority government in Delhi.
A BJP MP said most leaders have expressed their concerns over fresh elections to the party brass.
“The AAP has always told lies and mounted pressure on others by making itself appear ‘holier than thou’. It is another matter that all it wants is power. From past experience, everyone knows AAP leaders will be arrogant and will not deliver on their promises. It is better that we (the BJP) form a minority government and develop the city to benefit the people,” the MP said.
On the other hand, the AAP is making the most of the time it got until fresh polls are announced. The party will launch its women’s wing on Thursday at a rally to be held at Ramlila Maidan in Sunder Nagri.
“Thursday is very symbolic for us, as it is the death anniversary of Santosh Koli, one of the foremost women leaders of the party. A tribute to her is planned in Sunder Nagri,” a senior AAP leader said.
Koli was killed after the vehicle she was travelling on was hit by a truck. The AAP had alleged foul play in her death saying Koli had been threatened several times before. Eventually, instead of Koli, her brother Prakash contested Assembly elections from Sunder Nagri and became an MLA.