BJP asks AAP to form govt in Delhi as Congress offers unconditional support
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BJP on Friday asked Aam Admi Party, the second largest party in Delhi assembly with 28 seats, to form a government while assuring it of constructive cooperation in fulfilling its promises such as slashing tariff by 50 per cent and providing free water upto 700 litres daily.
This came even as the Congress sought to inject some life into government making in Delhi by offering unconditional support to AAP. Ahead of Lt Governor Najeeb Jung's meeting with Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday, DPCC president J P Agarwal sent a letter to him offering support of its eight MLAs to the AAP so that a new government can be formed in the city.
Earlier, Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel said if AAP was really serious about fulfilling the promises made to people, then it should go ahead and form a government.
"AAP had made many promises including two major promises of reducing power tariff by 50 per cent and providing free water up to 700 litres per day. If AAP is really serious about fulfilling these promises, then it should go ahead and form a government and BJP will provide whatever cooperation is required," Goel said.
On Thursday, BJP, which is the single largest party with 31 seats plus ally Akali Dal's lone seat, had turned down Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung's offer of government-formation, citing lack of majority.
A party needs at least 36 seats in the House of 70 members to form a government.
The Lt Governor has called AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal to discuss with him government formation on Saturday, AAP on Friday said it will tell Jung that the party does not have the majority and was not inclined to form a government.
"Even Congress has clearly indicated that it will provide support to the AAP government. Then, if it is really serious about fulfilling its promises, it should go ahead and do it. If they do not form the government, then it will be clear that AAP was never serious about fulfilling these promises which were made with lot of fanfare," Goel added.