High on wins, Delhi BJP pushes for fresh polls

  • Neelam Pandey, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 20, 2014 00:59 IST

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in favour of fresh elections in Delhi got a shot in the arm on Sunday after the party stormed into power in Haryana and emerged as the single largest party in Maharashtra.

Senior BJP leaders said they should cash in on the massive momentum in favour of the party and hold elections in Delhi which has been without a government since the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stepped down in February.

“After the results of the by-poll elections in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh there were doubts. But the results have clearly indicated that people want a BJP government at the centre and in states too,” said a senior BJP leader.

Party sources said Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay will meet senior party leaders on Sunday and Monday to discuss the issue of government formation and the strategy they should adopt.

“People want a stable government and it seems we are heading towards elections. Final decision to be taken by centre and Delhi LG,” said Upadhyay.

BJP leaders said the strategy of going without a chief ministerial candidate had worked in their favour and they can adopt a similar strategy in Delhi as there is currently no consensus within the party over a candidate.

Elections can be held after January 5 as electoral rolls will only be prepared by then.

“In Delhi too, the uncertainty has remained for way too long. Delhiites want an elected government; a neat and clean government. Developmental work in Delhi has come to a complete halt. There are certain decisions, especially policy-related, that only an elected government can take,” said Upadhyay.

“The results are a reflection of a strong Modi wave and we are confident that the people of Delhi will also repose their faith is us,” said Arti Mehra, convenor of Chandigarh BJP.

However, a number of MLAs want the party to form government for a few months and then head for elections.

The BJP has 28 MLAs in the Delhi assembly, whose effective strength has been reduced to 67. It, along with a lone Shiromani Akali Dal MLA, is counting on the support of two independent legislators and a couple of others from the Congress to form a government.

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