BJP ready for As­sem­bly polls, will come to power: Bid­huri

The Political and Business Daily - - METRO/NCR - PBD BUREAU/PTI

AMID con­tin­u­ing un­cer­tainty over govern­ment for­ma­tion in the na­tional cap­i­tal, se­nior Delhi BJP leader Ramesh Bid­huri to­day said the party was ready for fresh elec­tion in the city, where it had come first in 60 of the 70 as­sem­bly seg­ments in the re­cent Lok Sabha polls.

The South Delhi MP, who is also gen­eral sec­re­tary of Delhi unit of the party, said elec­tions ap­peared to be the only op­tion as BJP, which is the largest party in the 70mem­ber House, did not have the num­bers to form a govern­ment.

"BJP is ready for as­sem­bly elec­tion in Delhi and I am con­fi­dent that this time we will come to power with a thump­ing ma­jor­ity as we were ahead in 60 As­sem­bly seg­ments in the Lok Sabha polls," Bid­huri told PTI.

The BJP had se­cured 33.07 per cent vote share in the as­sem­bly polls which in­creased to 46.1 per cent in the Lok Sabha polls.

The AAP's vote share also in­creased to 32.9 per cent from 29.49 per cent in the as­sem­bly polls. In the as­sem­bly polls, Congress had se­cured a vote share of 24.55 which came down to 15.1 per cent in the Lok Sabha elec­tion.

Asked whether the BJP would pre­fer go­ing to polls, Bid­huri said party lead­er­ship will take a fi­nal de­ci­sion on the is­sue soon. "The top lead­er­ship of the party will take a fi­nal call on the is­sue soon."

He said the AAP, which had made a dream de­but in the as­sem­bly polls, will not be a ma­jor fac­tor as people have re­alised their "in­ef­fi­cien­cies" dur­ing their 49-day rule.

A num­ber of se­nior lead­ers from BJP, Congress and AAP have ad­mit­ted that their MLAs were re­luc­tant to face the elec­tions any­time soon but said there ap­pears no op­tion but to go for fresh polls.

A size­able num­ber of party MLAs has ap­prised the lead­er­ship about their un­will­ing­ness to go to polls again but they have been told to get ready for elec­tions.

Sources said a sec­tion in Delhi BJP had made some ef­forts to form a govern­ment but se­nior lead­ers in the party did not sup­port the move.

Pres­i­dent's rule was im­posed in Delhi on Fe­bru­ary 17 and Lt Gover­nor Na­jeeb Jung is likely to send a re­port to the Cen­tre in a month or two on the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion.

The Union Cab­i­net is likely to take a de­ci­sion on whether to ex­tend Pres­i­dent's rule by an­other six months or go for fresh polls based on LG's re­port.

The BJP had won 31 seats in the as­sem­bly polls in De­cem­ber but its num­ber came down to 28 af­ter three of its leg­is­la­tors Harsh Vard­han, Ramesh Bid­huri and Pervesh Verma were elected to Lok Sabha.

Af­ter ex­pul­sion of rebel MLA Vinod Ku­mar Binny from the party, the num­ber of AAP MLAs has also come down to 27 from 28. Congress has eight MLAs while BJP ally Akali Dal has one MLA.

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