After twin wins, Delhi BJP ready for fresh polls

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New Delhi, Oct 19: Buoyed by party's victory in Maharashtra and Haryana, Delhi BJP on Sunday said it will push for fresh election in the national capital, banking on the 'Modi wave' to wrest power, and may turn down any offer by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to take a shot at government formation.

General Secretary of Delhi BJP and South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri said the result of the assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana have "proved" that support for BJP was not waning and the party will come out with clear mandate if Delhi goes to polls again.

"We are ready for fresh election as soon as possible. We will push for early polls. The Modi wave continues to sweep the country and BJP will come to power with thumping majority if elections are held in Delhi again," Bidhuri told PTI.

Asserting that party has strengthened its support base significantly since the assembly polls in December last year, Bidhuri said majority of party workers in the city are fully prepared to face the election again.

Asked what will be BJP's position if Lt Governor Najeeb Jung invites it to form government, he said the party will not take the reins of power by adopting any unfair means.

"We will turn down any offer for government formation and will push for early polls. If the party can get a clear majority in neighbouring Haryana then why should we not go for polls here. BJP will not form a government in Delhi by resorting to any unfair means," he said.

The Lt Governor last month had sent a report to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking permission to invite the BJP to form a government in Delhi. In the report, Jung gave a detailed analysis of the political situation and underlined the need to have an elected government in the city which is under President's rule since February 17 following resignation of the Aam Aadmi Party Government which was in power for 49 days.

The Centre is likely to respond to the Lt Governor’s letter after Diwali. The BJP has been maintaining that it will take a decision on government formation in Delhi after getting an invite from the Lt Governor. 

PTI

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