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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 28, 2013
The Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said that it may field its own candidate for the post of Speaker. Leader of the BJP’s legislative party Harsh Vardhan said that they will discuss the matter with other MLAs and then take a final decision. "Many MLAs are of the view that we should contest considering we have a sizeable number in the assembly. We will discuss the matter with the national leadership before taking a final call," said Vardhan.

According to party sources, the role of the speaker - who takes the final call on a number of political issues discussed in the assembly - is very crucial. Sources added that the BJP will field its senior leader for the post as it feels the AAP government would not last long.

The first meeting of the BJP MLAs took place on Friday where the party asked its newly elected MLAs to be prepared for ‘snap polls’ in near future, stating that tenability of AAP government with Congress support looks extremely suspect.

"The whole idea of a party professing clean politics aligning with the most corrupt political party in history is ridiculous. It will collapse under its own contradictions," said Vardhan.

Stating that the BJP MLAs would play a role of constructive opposition and on the lines of shadow cabinet in foreign countries, each elected member of the party will look at the functioning of particular departments.

"The shadow minister concept is working well in many foreign democracies and ensures that the government fulfils its responsibilities properly. We are going to adopt this," said Vardhan. The party further demanded that the AAP and the Congress come ‘clean’ on the ‘deal’ between them over government formation.