Delhi: Non-committal BJP to focus on by-elections right now

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 30, 2014 00:28 IST

Evading any commitment on government formation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said it was concentrating solely on the by-elections right now. The party reiterated that any decision on the matter would be taken by its top leadership.

L-G Najeeb Jung has decided to consult all parties to explore the possibility of government formation in Delhi. The Supreme Court had on Tuesday ticked off the Centre for not taking a decision on the issue.

Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said the election committee would meet on Thursday to discuss the probable names which will be announced in the next few days.

“Our stand has been quite clear from the beginning. We will analyse the situation once we get an invitation from the L-G. We haven’t received any invite so far. The by-elections are our priority and we are preparing for it. We will respond to the allegations made by other parties through the by-polls. We are confident of winning all three seats,” said Upadhyay.

By-elections to the three Assembly seats in Delhi will be held on November 25. But if the L-G dissolves the House before that, there will be no polls.

“It is for the L-G to decide what is to be done. Our party will not indulge in horse-trading. Our central leadership will take a final decision on the issue,” said a senior BJP leader.

Sources in the BJP said that a number of Delhi leaders had expressed their desire to contest elections in Delhi after a spectacular win in Haryana and Maharashtra.

“We can judge the mood of the voters through the by-elections. We have already asked all councillors and MLAs to start the ground work. We will activate our social media team to ensure a greater reach,” said a senior BJP leader.

Some senior BJP leaders said the decision of declaring Chhath Puja as a public holiday would help the party secure the votes of 40-lakh Purvanchalis in the city.

“At this stage, forming a government by seeking support from MLAs of other parties will only send out signals of horse-trading. Our party has done quite well in Haryana and Maharashtra there is no rush to form government in this manner in Delhi. We should opt for elections and get a clear majority,” said a senior BJP leader.

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