A day-long meeting of the BJP National Council did little to dispel the confusion prevailing over government formation in the capital. None of the senior leaders, including BJP national chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, made any reference to it.
Party leadership continued to remain divided on the issue of government formation with a few wanting fresh elections and a majority wanting to form government by managing numbers.
Senior leaders of the Delhi BJP unit admitted that they were expecting some clarity on the Delhi political scenario in Shah’s address, but none was made.
Shah told leaders to be ready to contribute to gain ground in four states that are going to polls in October.
The new national president, while making a point that the Congress culture needed to be replaced by that of the BJP’s, said,”We need to win upcoming Assembly elections in the four states of Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand and Maharashtra with a thumping majority.”
The fact that Shah gave Delhi a miss in his address has led to more confusion among the BJP leaders who were more focused on a government-versus-election debate rather than who will be the chief ministerial candidate in case an election is held.
While many claimed that the party would form government in Delhi soon, there were others who claimed that an election is the only option left after the party brass and the RSS said no to government formation.
A senior MLA said he had communicated to the party brass that BJP should form the government and then go for elections.
“If we form the government today, we would be able to give benefit of Central government subsidies to the people of the Delhi. Why cannot we give subsidies in water and electricity tariff that we promised? Budget allocation was made by the Central government for the same. We could then show the people of Delhi that if elected, they can expect more from the BJP government,” the MLA said.
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