Delhi may be staring at the possibility of a spell of President's rule with both the major parties BJP and AAP saying they will not stake claim to form the government as they do not have the mandate.
Hectic consultations were on in both parties a day after the assembly elections returned a split verdict that gave majority to none in the 70-member assembly.
While BJP emerged as single largest party winning 31 seats, its ally Akali Dal (Badal) bagged one constituency, leaving it four MLAs short of majority mark of 36.
AAP on the other hand bagged 28 seats followed by Congress with eight. JD-U won one seat while the Mundka seat was won by an Independent.
After a meeting of top party leaders at Arvind Kejriwal's residence, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said even if Lt Governor Najeeb Jung invites the party to form the government it will decline such an offer citing lack of majority.
"We are not going to form the government. We will sit in the opposition and play the role of a constructive opposition. As per the Constitution the largest party has to take the responsibility of forming government," Yadav said.
"We have not got majority so it is very surprising that the number one party (BJP) is not ready to form the government and telling us to do so," he said.
Kejriwal, who held another meeting with AAP's newly elected MLAs to discuss strategy, said they would prefer to sit in the opposition and face elections if the situation warranted.
Both BJP and AAP asserted that they would neither extend nor take support from each other.
Amid uncertainty in Government formation, senior BJP leaders also held series of meetings and maintained their earlier position that the party will not stake claim to form a government as it was short of a clear majority.
"We have no numbers. We do not want to purchase any MLAs," former BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who is party in-charge of Delhi, said.
"The LG will first explore all options of government formation. As of now, the Home Ministry has no role in it," Shinde told reporters here.
He was responding to a question on the possibility of imposition of President's rule in Delhi after the results of the Assembly elections where no party got absolute majority.
Sources said the LG is expected to call the single largest party BJP, which along with its partner Akali Dal's one seat has 32 MLAs, to know whether it is ready to form a new government.
If the BJP declines to form the government due to the lack of majority, the LG then may ask AAP whether it was in a position to form the government.
Sources said even though both BJP and AAP had declared that it would not stake claim of forming the government, the LG may call leaders of the two parties--Vardhan and Kejriwal--and discuss with them the posibility of government formation. If they stick to their public stand then, he may be left with little option but to recommend Central rule.
The outgoing assembly has been dissolved and the Lt Governor can set the ball in motion once the Election Commission notifies the new house.
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