The Aam Aadmi Party has termed Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung’s proposed meeting with all party leaders to discuss the possibility of government formation “an exercise in futility”.
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said his party will respond appropriately when the Raj Bhavan invite arrives. “But I have, for long, been saying that the L-G should convene an all-party meeting. One such meeting would have told him that government formation in the Capital is not possible and holding fresh elections is the only solution,” Kejriwal told HT.
Earlier in the day, the former Delhi chief minister had called Jung a BJP agent “for helping the saffron party delay elections through dirty tricks”. “Jung is desperate to make sure the BJP forms a government in Delhi. He himself wrote to the President, seeking permission to invite BJP for government formation. Now that the presidential nod has come, he is not even doing that,” he said.
“I appealed to Jung to hold an all-party meeting on Wednesday itself before the Supreme Court hears our petition seeking dissolution of the Delhi Assembly, but he didn’t respond. He is helping BJP buy time and avoid fresh elections,” Kejriwal said.
Delhi is in its eighth month of President’s Rule after a minority AAP government resigned in February this year. “At the moment, a party needs 34 MLAs for a simple majority in a 70-member House and three vacancies will be filled through bypolls. The BJP has 29 MLAs, AAP 27 and Congress 8. No two parties are likely to join hands to form government. What’s the use of talking to all parties,” asked another AAP leader.
Kejriwal reiterated that AAP will get a majority if fresh polls are held in Delhi. Believing that fresh elections will help the party better its 2013 performance and the BJP will lose ground, the Kejriwal-led party has been demanding fresh elections.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday had criticised the Centre and Jung for delaying a decision on either government formation or fresh elections.
“It is unfortunate that the L-G is in active collusion with BJP and running a backdoor government for them, acting as their agent rather than protecting the Constitution of India. We are in a democratic country and there should be a people’s government and the L-G should be trying his level best to have that elected government in place,” the AAP chief told reporters.
Top government sources said the Centre may opt for fresh elections if no party or grouping is in a position to form the government in Delhi.