New Delhi, 18 July-2014,Kavitha Iyer(FP): On Wednesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Delhi leaders indicated that they would like to form the government in Delhi if Lt Governor Najeev Jung invites them to do so. The party, seven MLAs short of a majority, could get the support required from MLAs of other parties, said reports on Indianexpress.
BJP supporters. AFP
On Thursday, however, Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay indicated the opposite, stating instead that the BJP does not have the numbers and was instead, ready to face a fresh election.
The sudden hesitation, ie appears, was fuelled by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s displeasure at the MLAs’ apparent hurry to assume power despite not having the numbers.
A report in The Indian Express said the RSS was not too pleased with the attitude of some BJP MLAs who feared losing their seats if polls are held afresh.
“During a meeting at RSS headquarters, senior leaders disapproved of the BJP move to form a government. There was a feeling that this would dent our image and might be construed as greed. This may harm the party in other states,” a senior BJP leader was quoted as saying.
A more discreet approach may have served the BJP better, the leader was quoted as saying.
The BJP stands to lose face if the party indeed ends up getting support from Congress turncoats — after all, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal had alleged only on Wednesday that the party is attempting to “buy” six Congress legislators.
It is now expected that a decision on Delhi will be taken only after the Delhi budget is presented today.
Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress are both keeping a strict vigil on their respective MLAs.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led party has in any case called a meeting of its MLAs today to discuss the future course of action if the BJP forms the Government in the national Capital.
At present, AAP has 27 MLAs in the 70-member Delhi Legislative Assembly. It had earlier expelled its Laxmi Nagar MLA Vinod Kumar Binny for indulging in anti-party activities.
AAP sources said Kejriwal has sought an appointment with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, but a confirmation is being awaited.
Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah is expected to make a formal visit to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur today, his first since he was appointed party president.The Reports in The Hindu said he would also meet Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis at the latter’s residence.