NEW DELHI: In a virtual U-turn, the Delhi BJP has finally decided to go for fresh Assembly polls in the state after the party’s central leadership warned it against employing unconstitutional methods to from the government.
However, this has made several BJP MLAs unhappy as they are not sure of their victory, if elections were to be held a second time in the state.
State BJP chief Satish Upadhyay had met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his Cabinet colleague Nitin Gadkari on Sunday to discuss the matter. Emerging from the meeting, Upadhyay said, “The party is ready for elections but if invited to form the government, we would analyse the numbers and take a call accordingly.”
“No proposal has come to us, as yet, on government formation. Whatever will be done will be as per the Constitution. We will take a decision on government formation if such a proposal comes to us,” he added.
The state unit went on the back foot after BJP chief Amit Shah and Singh had asked Upadhyay to discourage the party MLAs from resorting to unlawful means to from the government, despite being briefed on the party legislators’ views on the current political situation in the national capital. Besides, it had been conveyed to Singh that cobbling together a government would not pose a major challenge
Apparently, the BJP top brass was wary of causing any further dent to the party’s image after AAP stalwart and former Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had alleged that the saffron party was indulging in horse-trading to seek the support of the six Congress MLAs to form the government and that each of them had been offered `20 crore for their support.
BJP sources had revealed that at least six Congress MLAs had indicated that they were willing to form a separate group and support a BJP Government.