Delhi BJP mulls over forming govt

After taking a moral high ground by not indulging in horse trading, the BJP now appears to be veering towards the idea to help form the next government in Delhi which is under President’s rule since February. 

Sources said there is an “in-principle agreement” among state leaders that the BJP should form the next government in the national capital and that they have worked out modalities to achieve their objective.  Sources said to take the final plunge, the move will have to be vetted by top leaders, including party president Rajnath Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, veteran leader L K Advani, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. 

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, also BJP in-charge for Delhi polls, told a TV channel, “The BJP is not looking to form a government in Delhi at this stage.”

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) passed a resolution on Wednesday condemning the “low-level politics of the BJP” .  “The BJP has been trying to lure our MLAs by offering money and posts for the last few days. A leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal and a person identifying himself as a Supreme Court lawyer and an active BJP member have been instrumental in this. These people have been contacting AAP MLAs but to no avail. All the MLAs reported the matter to the party’s central leadership,” the resolution read. 

Even Congress MLA Mateen Ahmed accused the BJP of trying to engineer defections to cobble up a majority. 

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