Soon after the Supreme Court asked the Centre to submit a reply on government formation by October 10, the BJP's Delhi unit said it would wait for the Lt Governor's invite to decide on the future course of action.
A number of senior BJP leaders said any forward movement on government formation would happen after the 'Shradh' period is over this month-end. The 'Shradh' period in the Hindu calendar is considered inauspicious for any new venture.
Taking on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said: "When the same Lt. Governor had invited them to form a government, they didn't have the numbers. However, he didn't see anything immoral in that. They even took the support of the Congress. When the L-G has written a letter seeking the President's approval to invite the BJP, the AAP has a problem. We maintain our stand that we will critically analyse the situation if we are invited."
"His own party leaders are now praising the BJP and criticising him, which clearly shows all is not well within AAP," he added.
Senior BJP leaders said the BJP had assured the court that if invited, the party would expedite the issue. "We assured the court that as and when any invitation is received from the Lt Governor, the BJP will expeditiously consider the whole issue bearing in mind the prevailing political situation. It will come out with a structured stand on the matter without any delay," said Aman Sinha, BJP spokesperson.
"The central leadership has enough time to weigh the pros and cons. The state leadership has been asked to stay connected with people. Even the area councillors have been asked to inaugurate as many projects as possible," said a senior BJP leader.
Warning for leaders
Stung by the video that shows a BJP leader allegedly trying to bribe an AAP MLA, the party has asked its workers, legislators and leaders not to discuss the issue of government formation with anyone.
A meeting of officer-bearers and other leaders held on Tuesday to discuss the DUSU elections and the J-K floods took up the 'sting operation' issue.
"We can't stop anyone from meeting the party workers or leaders, but they should not indulge in such talk even if it involves anyone wishing to join the party. All MLAs and workers have been told to inform the party high-command or the state president if anyone wants to take primary membership of the party," said a senior leader.
Senior leaders have told officer-bearers and others to choose their words carefully.