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Updated: December 13, 2013 01:56 IST

After BJP says ‘no’, Lt. Governor invites AAP

Sowmiya Ashok
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BJP's Delhi chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan with senior leader Nitin Gadkari after being elected as the legislative leader in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: S. Subramanium
The Hindu BJP's Delhi chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan with senior leader Nitin Gadkari after being elected as the legislative leader in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: S. Subramanium

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday declined to form a government in Delhi, citing “lack of a clear mandate”. It would sit in the opposition keeping in view the party’s “high moral traditions”.

After a 45-minute meeting with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, BJP leader Harsh Vardhan told reporters: “Since we do not have a clear mandate, we are not in a position to form the government.”

Mr. Jung had invited the BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in this month’s Assembly elections, to discuss government formation.

“We conveyed to him that we do not have enough seats, and in view of the lack of a clear mandate the party would like to sit in opposition,” said Dr. Vardhan. He gave it in writing to Mr. Jung.

After the BJP declined, Mr. Jung invited Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal to meet him on Saturday for discussions.

The BJP, along with its ally the Shiromani Akali Dal which has one seat, has 32 MLAs in the 70-member Assembly. The AAP is the second largest party with 28 seats, followed by the Congress with eight seats.

Dr. Vardhan said that if any other party was interested in forming a government it was welcome to do so.

But his party cannot be held responsible for the consequences of the fractured mandate that could push the capital into fresh elections.

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Re-elections are a waste of tax payers money. To avoid re-elections
AAP must give issue based support to BJP to govern Delhi to safeguard
Aam Admi's tax money.

I think it is a very nice situation where AAP will put breaks to any
untoward behaviour of BJP.

AAP is a new POLITICAL PARTY we have to give time for it show its
performance. They have won on promises. Let us see what will the
actual performance be.

from:  Sudha
Posted on: Dec 13, 2013 at 21:17 IST

No party is responsible for Hung Assembly or re-Election. It is the people of Delhi who gave Fractured Mandate, so only they are responsible for all this Instability. Same would be the case in any Elections.

from:  vijayanand
Posted on: Dec 13, 2013 at 19:41 IST

It is very clear that the AAP through its unyielding principled stance
of not taking support either from Congress or the BJP has SCARED
BJP's think tank from attempting any electoral poaching or horse
trading for the first time!
However, it is amusing to see that the party that had OPENLY planned &
executed what now is INFAMOUS as OPERATION LOTUS in Karnataka recently
by spending, purportedly, huge sums of money and by getting MLA's to
defect from JD(S) and Congress and then making them to contest on
BJP's tickets in the concomitant BYE - ELECTIONS, is now
GRANDSTANDING that it has never tried HORSETRADING!

from:  Shahabuddin Nadeem
Posted on: Dec 13, 2013 at 18:28 IST

It is ill-logical to say that AAP is the reason for re-elections.
When a party which has got 32 seats is not ready to form the
government citing instability, how can expect a party claim the chair
with even lesser seats?
AAP has always been saying that it won't ally with both Congress and
BJP. Why should we expect AAP to ally with Congress and form the
government? BJP and Congress are same sort of parties in the
definition of AAP. Why should BJP not form an alliance with Congress
(only in Delhi's state level, atleast), if they feel that re-elections
are waste of money?

from:  Mukundan Raman
Posted on: Dec 13, 2013 at 14:41 IST

BJP has said that it does not have enough seats and not in a position to form the government. But the title is framed just to mean that BJP had said a blind 'no' as if it is not interested in forming a government

from:  raja
Posted on: Dec 13, 2013 at 13:08 IST

A very logical move by BJP. Now, only AAP can be held responsible for
these re-elections. For BJP, its a recap of 1996, when despite being a
clear majority, no one supported them.

from:  Ankur
Posted on: Dec 13, 2013 at 12:38 IST

This simply means that the BJP is not capabe of running a minority government under a development budget that will meet all commong criteria and also fulfil their manifesto.

This indicates that they will be unable to govern keeping budget overruns to the minimum that mainly and primarily occur due to higly subjective, nepotistic and corrupt practices that eat at the pillars of our democracy and government institutions.

This certainly shows the BJP in poor light. We have to how different AAP is in their ability to rise to the challenge of providing a minority government giving the promised honest low budget governance with maximum development agenda.

from:  r n iyengar
Posted on: Dec 13, 2013 at 08:37 IST

BJP handled this issue in a logical and in good political move. They should always remember how they were held before into a ransom by one vote and was not able form the ministry. This is a wise move and should keep it up.

from:  Sundaram
Posted on: Dec 13, 2013 at 06:03 IST

It is the first time that in Indian democracy's history a single largest party had declined to form a government citing lack of numbers.
The BJP's "high moral traditions" is really appreciable for a better democracy,thanks to the AAP's stubbornness which is the only reason the BJP refuse to accept the Lt Governor's request to form a government in Delhi.

from:  V.Shanmuganathan
Posted on: Dec 13, 2013 at 02:02 IST

I think the BJP has exposed itself of being afraid to face the AAP as the main
opposition. Every established party will have skeletons in their closet. We need more
AAPs around India to challenge the status quo and improve democracy.

from:  kumar
Posted on: Dec 12, 2013 at 23:14 IST

AAP has given a major jolt to the clique political class. His redefition
of way politics is played in India may very well prove to be 'pill of
life' injected in the rotten system. The momentum need to be sustained
and of post forming government, his party goes on to give good
governance to the public and avoiding incidents like Seemapuri,
including more peoples with high credibility and competence may help our
democracy to emerge with it's true potential.

from:  ryan
Posted on: Dec 12, 2013 at 23:06 IST

Re-poll suits AAP.. with repeated re-poll they feel,like BSP, they will emerge as a prominent party and possibly grab the Delhi throne too in few years....

from:  N Bhashyam
Posted on: Dec 12, 2013 at 21:35 IST

Mr kejriwal should not do too much experimentation / adventures and should come forward in formation of the government. otherwise , It will do more harm than good for the people.I am surprised on his readiness to wait till unlimited time to bring change while earlier at the time of agitation he was so impatience and not giving time to govt .In today's world talking about absolute idealism and giving examples of developed countries are making fool of self and others.As a citizen of India I would request leaders of all the parties to engage themselves in development of Nation otherwise all of us will be losers and world will laugh on us as in the case of our neighboring countries.

from:  sanjeev shukla
Posted on: Dec 12, 2013 at 21:26 IST

Aam Aadmi Party has averted a horse trade. Well done Arvind Kejriwal!

from:  N. Sadasivan Pillai
Posted on: Dec 12, 2013 at 21:19 IST

Commendable decision.Puting the ball back in the court of delhi people and AAP which wants to have authority without responsibility, by declining the support of Congress to form govt. BJP will do well by ignoring Delhi, in its larger national interest. AAP will be proved its worth in a very shorttime.

from:  n.kolappan
Posted on: Dec 12, 2013 at 21:10 IST

It is a good opportunity for AAP to form the government with anyone's support and to save the real Aam Aadmi's hard earned money by not wasting it in the re-elections.

from:  Shrihari Kulkarni
Posted on: Dec 12, 2013 at 21:08 IST

Very principled move by BJP. It lacks numbers and it has taken the right
step. Instead of trying to jockey and break up it has taken the morally
correct step. In our parliamentary system numbers are important. Even 1 or
2 less doesn't cut it and no responsibility can be assumed for coming 1st.
However I do have a prediction: how many of the media voices who are
unanimous in their praise of AAP and Kejriwal for rejecting power are
going to applaud the BJP for refusing to attempt government formation?
ZERO

from:  Srinivasan
Posted on: Dec 12, 2013 at 21:06 IST

Clear Mandate means simple or absolute majority!What about the voters who gave more seats and voted BJP to form govt.? One is, it is clear case of cheating voters and secondly blackmailing or threatening other voters for not forming the govt! Thirdly, forcing the electorate for a fresh mandate? What if the same verdict repeated? Is it not running away or scared to form a govt.as was done earlier on several occasions in different states including at the Centre? Total hypocrisy or double standards!The voters have been taken for a ride by BJP and AAP in Delhi!

from:  raju m r
Posted on: Dec 12, 2013 at 21:05 IST
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