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Delhi LG Calls Harsh Vardhan to Discuss Govt Formation

In a bid to break the impasse on government-formation, Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung tonight spoke to Harsh Vardhan, BJP's chief ministerial candidate and leader the largest single party in assembly polls, for discussion tomorrow on the issue and Vardhan is likely to point out that he does not have the numbers.

Jung called Vardhan over phone and told him that he wanted to discuss with him government-formation .

The Delhi polls threw up a fractured mandate with no party security majority in the 70-member assembly and BJP emerging as the single largest party with 32 seats on its own. BJP's ally Akali Dal has one MLA.

AAP has got 28 seats in the assembly followed by Congress' eight. JD-U has won one seat while Mundka seat has gone to an Independent.

Vardhan told PTI that he conveyed to the LG that he was going to Raipur tomorrow to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Raman Singh as Chhattisgarh Chief Minister and will be able to meet Jung after his return to Delhi in the evening.

"The LG called me tonight and asked me to meet him tomorrow to discuss (govt formation)", Vardhan said.

Earlier in the day, both BJP and Aam Aadmi Party stuck to their ground of not forming a government and preferring fresh elections instead. BJP's chief ministerial candidate reiterated his party's

stand on the issue, saying it does not have the required numbers to form the government while AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal declared his party would prefer to face fresh polls.

The Lt Governor, on the other hand, continued consultations with experts to explore the next course of action.

Sources said that in the wake of the publicly stated position of both BJP and AAP, the Lt Governor was considering "all options".

It is learnt that Jung was also considering sending a report to the Union Home Ministry before inviting any party to form the government.

In a meeting yesterday, senior leaders in BJP told its 31 newly-elected MLAs to get ready for election in the next few months.

"We don't have the numbers to form a stable government. So, we are firm in our decision," Vardhan said.

The Election Commission had yesterday notified results of the assembly polls in Delhi, paving the way for start of the formal process of government formation by the Lt Governor.

If President's Rule is imposed, then the Lt Governor will run the government with the help of a group of advisors.

In a related development, President Pranab Mukherjee today asked the Lt Governor about the process of government formation in Delhi even as BJP.

Official sources said Mukherjee asked Jung about how he was proceeding on the issue amid speculation that Delhi will be put under President's Rule and fresh elections will be announced.

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Dec 12, 2013
01:03 PM

>> Only a no confidence motion can bring it down


There are a number of ways a govt can be brought down. To begin with, the govt is required to show support after it is formed. So, the govt has to bring a confidence motion, rather than the opposition moving it. if Congress and AAP oppose it, the govt falls, and BJP receives a loss of face.

Further on, failure to pass the budget automatically results in the govt's fall (AFAIK). Again, opposition doesn't have to bring a no-confidence motion.

Finally, even if the govt technically doesn't fall, the fact that it's in a minority shall mean it can't govern. The opposition can defeat any bill it brings, and cause it embarrassment.

Minority govts have survived in the past when legislatures were scared of elections. Here, Congress has virtually nothing to lose, since it has so few MLAs. AAP might actually expect to better its performance next time, and hence, might not mind elections (though coupling of national and state elections might be bad for it).

BJP can't form a govt here, and shouldn't even try. It's kind of bad, since Congress, which has been booted out shall rule by proxy. However, Delhi electorate asked for it by failing to give a clear verdict.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
Dec 12, 2013
10:51 AM

BJP should attempt to run a minority government. Only a no confidence motion can bring it down and if AAP brings in the motion, so be it. In that case BJP continues to function as a care-taker government till repoll along with GE, a prospect better than a president's rule.

Given the rigid stance of AAP, what if a repoll still ends up in a stalemate ?

K.Suresh, Bangalore
Dec 12, 2013
08:35 AM

Gayathri its not done,both Cong/BJP will never let the Govt function.

Havent you seen the BJP and Virtous Ravi Shankar Prasad who came on TV Questioning the land transfer to the Gandhi"s ,but hasnt said a word about his sister getting 100 crire land allocated to her In Juhu.

Today you are having a go at Viswas and Kejriwal,but you dont find anything wrong in having those with dubious credentials in Govt under Nationalist.

harun, chennai
Dec 12, 2013
06:10 AM

AAP can run a minority govt since the Delhiites are so excited with their winner team. We are keen to know who gets which portfolio, their strategy on price rice and other major issues. I am sure they are all experienced and capable lot. You can tell from their rally today at Jantar Mantar. I was particularly impressed by the poet turned politician Kumar Vishwas, surely he can be infra structure and planning Minister. Kejriwal is a PM material. The entire team is so well qualified and just ready to take the nation forward. While the Bollywood songs in the background will do the magic in the minds of people.

Now Congress and BJP should hand them over the power. At least to start with in Delhi.

gayatri, madrid
Dec 12, 2013
03:38 AM

By abdicating responsibility ( because of the fear of the watchful eye of the opposition ), the BJP is wasting the public money that was spent on elections.

Misogynist, Chennai
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