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BJP may be invited to form Govt in Delhi

BJP may be invited to form Govt in Delhi
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BJP may be invited to form Govt in Delhi, The ruling BJP is likely to be asked to form government in Delhi, which has been under President\'s rule since February.

AAP and Congress protest against LG’s decision

New Delhi: The ruling BJP is likely to be asked to form government in Delhi, which has been under President's rule since February. Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung has sought President Pranab Mukherjee's permission to invite the single largest party.

The President is believed to have forwarded the Lieutenant Governor's recommendation to the Union Home Ministry. Jung has reportedly suggested that the BJP should be allowed to prove its majority on the floor of the assembly, which has revived intense political sparring in Delhi.

The BJP, with 29 legislators, is the single largest party after the Delhi assembly polls in December threw up a fractured verdict. It needs five more legislators for a majority.

In a series of tweets since morning, Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has begun a campaign against what it calls "government by chor darwaza (backdoor)". On Tuesday, the party's petition for fresh polls in Delhi will be heard in the Supreme Court.

"The BJP wrote to the Lieutenant Governor on December 12 saying we won't form the government. It should come clean - when it lacks the numbers, why does the Lieutenant Governor need to open the backdoor?"said AAP spokesperson Ashutosh.

Delhi Congress leader Mukesh Sharma agreed, "BJP should not be allowed to take power through the backdoor. The Congress will oppose it."

The BJP had won 31 seats but three BJP MLAs, including its chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan, contested and won the national election in May.

Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyaya said, "We have to analyse if we are in a position to form government."

After failing to cross the finishing line in the December polls, the BJP had refused to form government. AAP then took power with help from the Congress, which was reduced to just eight legislators have three terms.

Kejriwal's abrupt resignation after just 49 days left AAP facing questions on its political inexperience and flaws in its leadership. After a poor showing in the Lok Sabha polls, AAP has been rooting for fresh polls in Delhi, hoping to reclaim voters' goodwill.

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