Sheila Dikshit backs BJP's efforts to form govt in Delhi

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New Delhi, Sept 11: Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday supported the BJP's efforts to form a government in the state, saying if the saffron party is in a position to form a for it is a people's representative and if the BJP can form the government, then it's a good thing.

Dikshit, who served as Delhi's chief minister between 1998 and 2013 before losing to Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal in the election last December, became the governor of Kerala in March this year and resigned in August. She said an elected government in a democracy is always better for it is a people's representative and if the BJP can form the government, then it's a good thing.

The Delhi BJP leadership welcomed Dikshit's remark and thanked her for her support. Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said Dikshit's words as a political leader are mature and serious, according to the report.

In the Congress, however, the reaction to Dikshit's opinion was not uniform. While party MLA Mateen Ahmed backed her words on the BJP's forming the government, Delhi Congress leader Mukesh Sharma said they were shocked to hear Dikshit's statement and downplayed it as her personal opinion.

He said the Congress wanted another election and would not allow the BJP to form a government in Delhi, which has been under the President's Rule ever since Kejriwal's minority government quit after 49 days in power. Sharma also said that the Congress would also issue a whip to its MLAs in Delhi if voting takes place.

The Congress also said the BJP's efforts to form a government in Delhi is "unethical and unconstitutional".

The BJP had won 31 seats in the 70-member assembly in the election last year but the numbers later went down to 28 after three of its MLAs were elected as MPs in the Lok Sabha election held in April.

The AAP won 28 seats in the election while the Congress bagged just eight.

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