Sting throws spanner in BJP's Government formation process
The sting somehow has tarnished the image of BJP which is the single largest party in Delhi. Though the party has completely rejected the video but it has not yet come out with enough proof to substantiate its claims. The development has surely scared the leaders in BJP who had taken the onus of managing numbers for the party to form the Government.
In Delhi, the BJP does not have the required numbers to show its strength in the 70-member Assembly. Still, it was planning to form the same by putting together the required numbers. But now, any attempt to cobble together a majority will leave it open to attack from AAP and Congress.
The BJP committed mistake by not calling election in Delhi. Had it called for election soon after the Lok Sabha polls, it could have gained from the positive vibes of the Lok Sabha victory. At that time, AAP was down and had lost its direction. Party chief Arvind Kejriwal lacked credibility after making a tamasha of his chief ministership. But, BJP failed to take benefits in its favour.
BJP gives AAP a chance to restore its credibility
The BJP vice president Sher Singh Dagar has given Kejriwal camp an opportunity to feel enthused. Undoubtedly, the expose has energised Kejriwal and his team which had lost all its hopes of making a come back after Lok Sabha debacle. After a series of events that had discredited and demoralised the AAP camp, Kejriwal was looking for something that could restore some semblance of credit to him and make his followers feel enthused.
Ever since it lost LS polls, AAP has been pressing for fresh elections in Delhi
It is well known fact that Kejriwal had publicly asked his MLAs to negotiate with whosoever approaches and make a sting of the negotiation. BJP's Dagar fell prey to Kejriwal's trap. Now, the BJP stood bruised and exposed, if contents of the tape are true.
Ever since it lost Lok Sabha polls, AAP has been pressing for fresh elections in the capital as it believes that it will perform well this time.
Last week, LG Najeeb Jung recommended that the BJP, is the single largest party, should be invited to form Government and take a floor test. The BJP and its allies have 29 seats between them and need at least five more. The party had won 31 seats but three party legislators Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pervesh Verma were elected to Lok Sabha and had to resign their Assembly seats.
Delhi has been under President's rule since February 17 following resignation of Arvind Kejriwal-led-AAP Government which was in power for 49 days. The Kejriwal Government had resigned on February 14 after the Janlokpal Bill failed to pass in Assembly due to opposition from BJP and Congress.