Will fight Delhi polls collectively: State BJP chief

  • IANS, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 05, 2014 13:02 IST

Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay on Tuesday said the party would fight the Delhi assembly elections under a "collective leadership" and expressed confidence that the party will win.

"Our MLAs are ready for fresh polls and we will fight under a collective leadership," Upadhyay said, welcoming the union cabinet's recommendation to dissolve the Delhi assembly.

"We will repeat our performance of Haryana and Maharashtra," he said.

Upadhyay added that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would fight the polls on the plank of "good governance" and "trust".

He, however, refused to name the party's chief ministerial candidate for Delhi.

"It's too early to talk about the CM candidate. The party will decide at the right time and will choose a leader through a democratic process," he said, adding that he was not in the race for the post.

The union cabinet's decision to dissolve the Delhi assembly came after leaders of the BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress on Monday told Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung that none of the parties was in a position to form the government and they wanted fresh elections in Delhi.

Delhi has been under President's rule since February 17.

The Delhi elections in December last year threw up a fractured mandate, with the BJP emerging as the single largest party, winning 31 seats and enjoying support of a lone Akali Dal legislator in a house of 70 members. But the BJP refused to form the government.

The AAP came a close second with 28 seats, and formed a minority government with the Congress backing.

But the government collapsed after 49 days as chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP founder-leader, resigned after failing to get a Jan Lokpal Bill passed.

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