Free Press Journal

No over-enthusiasm to form govt, but ready to face polls: BJP


New Delhi: BJP was today non-committal about forming the government in Delhi following Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to step down with the main Opposition saying that while it did not favour dissolution of the House, it was ready to face fresh polls.

“There is no over-enthusiasm about forming the government … Right now, the ball is in the Lieutenant Governor’s court.

Let him decide… We will happily accept any situation that (unfolds),” BJP Legislative Party leader, Harshvardhan, told reporters here.
BJP has 32 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly.

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung is understood to have suggested that President’s rule be imposed in Delhi after rejecting the outgoing AAP government’s recommendation that the House be dissolved.

The Kejriwal government resigned yesterday after the Jan Lokpal Bill was blocked in the Assembly by Congress and BJP MLAs.

Specifically asked whether BJP would accept an invitation by the Lt Governor to form the government, Harshvardhan said, “We will discuss. It is a hypothetical question… We will certainly discuss and decide with our senior leaders.” He added that there was no pressure from party MLAs about forming the government.

As to whether the party was in favour of dissolving the House, he said, “Collectively, we are in a situation where no one wants to go to elections within three months.” He, meanwhile, clarified that the party would not support any group of MLAs in forming the government, saying that, “Delhi’s governance can’t be taken lightly”.

Harshvardhan also hit out at Kejriwal saying the AAP leader now “aspires to become the prime minister” and was “fooling the poeple”.