BJP to consider govt. formation in Delhi

Sources said BJP MLAs and MPs were in favour of forming the government and a final decision on the issue is likely to be taken after Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns from Brazil

Updated - November 16, 2021 07:17 pm IST

Published - July 16, 2014 07:39 pm IST - New Delhi

Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay being greeted by supporters in New Delhi. File photo: Sandeep Saxena

Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay being greeted by supporters in New Delhi. File photo: Sandeep Saxena

The Bharatiya Janata Party will decide on forming the government in Delhi if Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung invites it to do so, senior leaders of the party’s Delhi unit said here on Wednesday.

Newly appointed BJP Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay, >after two separate meetings with party MLAs and MPs over the past two days, said the BJP would consider options only if it got the invitation.

“My party will consider options only if approached by the Lieutenant-Governor. We have not made any claims of our own,” he said.

Mr. Upadhyay, after what he termed an “introductory meeting” with the BJP’s 28 MLAs and one Akali Dal legislator, said he was in the process of preparing a comprehensive report on whether to form the government after holding the consultations. The report would be submitted to the central party leadership.

Sources said almost all MLAs and MPs were against a re-election. A final decision was likely only after Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned from Brazil.

The BJP emerged as the single largest party in the 2013 Assembly election with 32 seats.

The number came down to 29 after three MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha. With their resignation, the strength of the Assembly also went down to 67 and the simple majority mark would be 34.

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