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BJP declines to form government; Delhi may see fresh polls

BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in Delhi Assembly polls but fell short of a majority, today declined to form a government, strengthening the likelihood of fresh election in the national capital.

After a meeting with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung who invited him to discuss government formation, party's chief ministerial nominee Harsh Vardhan said BJP would like to sit in the opposition in view of the lack of clear mandate by people of Delhi.

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Delhi BJP President Dr. Harsh Vardhan. File Pic

"With BJP emerging as the single largest party in Delhi polls, Lt Governor invited me to discuss government formation. We have conveyed to him that we do not have enough seats and in view of lack of clear mandate, the party would like to sit in the opposition," Vardhan told reporters.

BJP, along with its ally Akali Dal's one seat, has 32 MLAs in the 70-member House while Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has 28 seats followed by Congress' eight. JD-U won one seat while the Mundka seat went to an Independent.

Vardhan said if any other party was interested in forming a government they are welcome but remained non-committal whether BJP would support such a formation.

There have been suggestions that AAP, which made an electrifying debut and emerged as the second largest party, should form government with outside support of either BJP or Congress, a view rejected outright by the debutant party.

Asked if their move was pushing the national capital towards fresh elections, Vardhan said his party cannot be held responsible for the consequences of the fractured mandate.

Harsh Vardhan said he believed the Lt. Governor had a mandate to explore government formation within a week.

Harsh Vardhan said he believed in the politics of values and had no desire to induce members of other political parties to back the BJP in government formation.

"We have always believed that politics should be based on honesty and values."

Significantly, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had yesterday made it clear that his party would prefer fresh election than forming a government with support from Congress or BJP. 

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