Ready to face fresh polls in Delhi, says BJP

Written by Pragya Kaushika | Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 21 2014, 16:34pm hrs
Putting to rest speculation that the BJP was going to form the government in Delhi, the party on Sunday said it was not the appropriate time for such a move and that, if need be, it was ready to face fresh polls.

Sources said the decision was taken at a meeting between Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay. No proposal has come to us as yet on government formation. Whatever will be done will be as per the Constitution... Upadhyay said after the meeting.

He said the BJP was confident of getting a clear majority if elections were held afresh in the capital.

The meeting was called with various factions in the party divided over whether the BJP should take a shot at power in Delhi or opt for fresh polls. While the RSS and the central leadership are understood to be against staking claim for forming a government, sources said several MLAs were reluctant to face polls again.

It is learnt that over the past few days, a group of MLAs led by Ramvir Singh Bidhuri has been pressing for staking claim for forming a government.

Meanwhile, the AAP on Sunday alleged that both the Congress and the BJP were running away from fresh elections in the capital. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal plans to meet Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday to discuss the issue of government formation.

The double-meaning statements and consistent U-turns by the BJP on the current political situation in Delhi make it clear that it is running away from facing fresh elections and wants to resort to the Aaya Ram Gaya Ram culture of politics, against which the Supreme Court had warned on April 17 this year, the AAP said.

The party also attacked the Congress for not writing to the Lt-Governor and the Supreme Court, asking them to dissolve the Delhi Assembly so that fresh elections can take place.

With inputs from Aditi Vatsa