Open to support even from AAP if needed, says BJP
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With several exit polls predicting a hung House in Delhi, state BJP chief Vijay Goel on Thursday said his party was open to support from any quarter, even from the Aam Aadmi Party, to form an alliance if needed.
Other BJP leaders acknowledged that the debutant AAP may have denied them votes that would have come their way in a straight contest with the Congress.
Describing alliances as a "political need", Goel said there were no hard and fast rules in politics and, therefore, an alliance with the AAP could not be ruled out.
"If we become the single largest party, we will be cheating people if we do not form the government. That is why I say we are open to support," Goel said.
Senior BJP leaders such as Arun Jaitley and Delhi in-charge Nitin Gadkari have so far been saying that the BJP could form an alliance with a 'Congress B team' if needed.
But Thursday saw all senior BJP leaders discussing the exit polls. While some of these polls showed the party attaining a majority in Delhi, those working on providing "statistical support" to the party played it safe. Only Sunday, they said, will reveal which party has been hit most by the entry of the AAP.
But even this "cautious calculation" shows the AAP sweeping votes away from the BJP rather than the Congress. "In one of the areas we analysed, the BJP is likely to win six of the 11 seats. According to our assessment, the AAP has hurt us 70 per cent and the Congress 30 per cent," one BJP leader said.
When his comments were sought, Goel said "uncertainty" was the word that best described the political situation in the capital after the vote.
"Senior party leaders and I may have been saying we will form the government, but which party will the AAP dent most is beyond comprehension," he said.