EC notifies results, spotlight now shifts to Lt-Governor
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The Election Commission notified the results of elections to the Fifth Legislative Assembly in Delhi on Tuesday, formally paving the way for initiation of the process of government formation by the Lieutenant-Governor.
"The gazette notification declaring the newly elected Members to the Legislative Assembly was issued today. It has been approved by the L-G," Special Chief Electoral Officer Shurbir Singh said.
With the elections in Delhi returning a hung verdict and no party winning a clear majority of 36 or more seats, Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung is now expected to formally explore all options to put in place a government. The L-G is expected to make his first call to the leader of the single largest party, BJP, which along with its ally Shiromani Akali Dal's one seat, has the support of 32 MLAs in the 70-member Assembly.
If the BJP declines the offer and says it is not in a position to form the government, Jung will then ask the leader of the AAP, which has 28 MLAs, if they are willing to explore the possibility of government formation.
In case the AAP too refuses the offer, the L-G will then be left with the option of recommending President's Rule in Delhi. The AAP has 28 seats followed by the Congress with eight. JD(U) has won one seat while the Mundka seat has gone to an independent.
BJP's Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday stuck to the party's earlier stand — they did not have the numbers to form the government and that they were ready to face fresh election. "We won't have enough numbers to form a stable government and we are ready to fight the elections once again, if such a situation arises," Harsh Vardhan said after a meeting of newly elected MLAs.
AAP's Arvind Kejriwal said it was the responsibility of the BJP to form the government, having emerged as the single-largest party. "BJP has been given the mandate. It is the single-largest party. So, it should try and form the government, taking the support of Congress," he said.