It appears like the BJP is all set to claim majority in South Delhi Municipal Corporation. The party on Thursday announced the names of nine candidates,including one each from the Nationalist Congress Party and the RLD,who have pledged support to the BJP.
Speaking to Newsline,Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta said,We have received support from the nine candidates in writing and we are in talks with three other candidates who want to join us. But we prefer to take support from Independents rather than candidates from other parties as it would become difficult for us to tie up with parties which are not our natural allies, said Gupta.
The candidates who have promised support to the BJP are Mahendra Yadav,an Independent from Vikas Nagar,Naresh Balyan from Nawada,Poonam Bhardwaj from Raj Nagar,Krishan Kumar Sehrawat from Mahipalpur,Pushpa Singh,wife of Congress rebel Satbir Singh,Anita Tyagi from RLD,Seema Pandit,NCP candidate from Mehrauli,and Kalpana Jha from Sangam Vihar Central and Pravin Rajput who was a rebel candidate of BJP and fought as Independent from Sagarpur.
The party needs one more candidate to win a majority in the South Delhi Corporation. The party is in talks with three more candidates who would be pledging their support on Friday.
BJP emerged the single-largest party in South Delhi,winning 44 of the 104 seats. The party,however,fell nine short of the required majority. Congress came second with 31 seats. Independents and regional parties now hold the key to BJP gaining a majority.
The party had won the North and East Corporations comfortably. The BJP sources on Thursday expressed confidence that nine BJP rebels,who had won the municipal polls from South Delhi,will rejoin the party while its allies INLD and JD(U),which won four wards,will support the party.