BJP won’t resort to horse-trading to form government in Delhi: Rajnath

The Home Minister said Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung is free to call any party to form government and the BJP is the single largest party.

Updated - November 16, 2021 09:57 pm IST

Published - September 06, 2014 05:29 pm IST - Jammu

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks to the media in in Srinagar on Saturday. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks to the media in in Srinagar on Saturday. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

With speculation of the BJP being invited to form government in Delhi being rife, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on said a call will be taken once formal proposal is received from the Lt. Governor even as he dismissed any attempt to form government by poaching MLAs of other parties.

The Home Minister, who is on a day’s trip to the Jammu and Kashmir to assess the flood situation in Jammu, said the Delhi Lt. Governor is free to call any party to form government and the BJP is the single largest party.

“If invited we will think about it. BJP does not believe in >horse-trading . BJP will never favour a government with horse-trading,” Mr. Singh said.

BJP is likely to be invited to form a government in Delhi with Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung sending a report to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking permission to call the single largest party to take a shot at power though it is well short of majority in the Assembly.

In his report, Mr. Jung gave a detailed analysis of the political situation in the city and underlined the need to have an elected government for Delhi which is under President’s rule since February 17, 2014 following the resignation of the Aam Aadmi Party government.

The AAP and Congress have come down hard on Mr. Jung for his report and accused him of promoting “horse-trading”.

Last week the parties had cautioned the Lt Governor not to take any “unconstitutional move” by inviting the BJP to form government. Both the parties have been demanding immediate dissolution of the Assembly, saying keeping it in suspended animation will encourage horse-trading.

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