There’s news on the Delhi government front with television reports saying that the Lieutenant-General of Delhi Najeeb Jung has got approval from the President Pranab Mukherjee to invite the BJP to form the government in the state.
President Pranab gives L-G approval to invite BJP to form Delhi government
Governor Najeeb Jung had sent a report to President Pranab Mukherjee on 5 September seeking permission to call the single largest party to take a shot at power in Delhi, though it is well short of majority in the Assembly. According to reports on Times Now, the LG also sent his letter and report to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the PM to invite the BJP to form the government. Both the MHA and the PM approved of this choice, adds the report.
The channel adds that the LG has made his stand clear to the President and is waiting for final orders before a decision can be taken on the government.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kerjwal has questioned the decision of the LG to invite the BJP to form the government. He was quoted by Times Now as saying, “BJP tried to buy MLAs and form government four times. But how can they form the government now without numbers.” Kejriwal insists that BJP is running away from Delhi elections as they are afraid of losing.
Delhi LG Najeeb Jung in this file photo. PTIDelhi LG Najeeb Jung in this file photo. PTI
Earlier senior party leader and AAP MLA Manish Sisodia told PTI, “It’s not the LG, but it’s (BJP president) Amit Shah who is taking decisions. It is the Centre which is ruling Delhi.”
The Congress too has criticised the decision of the LG.
JP Aggarwal of the Congress told ANI, “He (LG) is definitely under pressure, how can he invite them to form the government when they don’t even have numbers to prove majority?”
In his report, Jung gave a detailed analysis of the political situation in the national capital and underlined the need to have an elected government here which is under President’s rule since February 17 following resignation of the Aam Aadmi Party Government which was in power for 49 days.
BJP had won 31 seats in the 70-member Assembly but the number of BJP MLAs came down to 28 as three party legislators Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pervesh Verma had resigned from the Assembly after they were elected to Lok Sabha. The Aam Aadmi Party had won 28 seats in its debut Assembly elections and had later formed the government with outside support from Congress’ eight MLAs.
Kejriwal resigned as the Chief Minister on February 14 and ever since then, Delhi has been placed under President’s rule.