BJP may get invite to form government in Delhi

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NEW DELHI: Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung has written to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking permission to invite the single largest party in the state assembly to form the government, in what can pave the way for BJP to take over the reins of the city and avert the prospect of early polls.

BJP, with 32 MLAs including one from ally Shiromani Akali Dal, is the single largest party in Delhi.

Top sources in the government told that the LG’s note has been forwarded by the President to the Union home ministry for its opinion.

When contacted, Rashtrapati Bhavan sources confirmed that Jung had submitted a report on Delhi on Thursday evening. “We received the report this evening and have sent it to the ministry of home affairs for its view,” said an official. The report said the BJP should be allowed to prove its majority on the floor of the assembly, said sources.

There are indications that political interests of the BJP and the fact that many legislators do not want an election could lead the home ministry to endorse the LG’s view.

Delhi has been under President’s rule ever since Arvind Kejriwal resigned as chief minister in February.

Although AAP has demanded that the assembly be dissolved and elections called, the LG recently told that he was exploring the possibility of the formation of a government and had not been done with the exercise yet.

The Supreme Court is seized of a petition moved by AAP and is scheduled to hear the matter on Monday.

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