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The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Rural Development, Drinking Water & Sanitation and Panchayati Raj, Shri Nitin Gadkari meeting the Lt. Governor of Delhi, Shri Najeeb Jung on e-rickshaw, in New Delhi on October 20, 2014. (PIB Photo)

Najeeb Jung Invites All Parties to Discuss Government Formation

Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung invited all parties to discuss the possibility of government formation in Delhi Monday, informed sources said.

“We have been called at 5.45 p.m.,” Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia told IANS.

Congress legislator Haroon Yusuf also confirmed receiving Jung’s invite and said they are likely to meet him at 3.45 p.m.

Sources in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the single largest party in the Delhi assembly, said that their meeting is likely to be held Monday evening at Raj Bhavan.

Jung, on Oct 29, said that he would meet all party leaders to discuss the possibility of government formation in the capital.
Meanwhile, according to sources, BJP has made it clear that it will not form a government in Delhi. Sources reportedly said BJP leaders Satish Upadhyay and Jagdish Mukhi met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and informed him about this decision.

The development came a day after the Supreme Court expressed displeasure at the central government’s delay in ensuring a new government in Delhi which has been under President’s Rule since Feb 17.

The national capital has been without an elected government since February, when the AAP government quit.

After three BJP legislators were elected to the Lok Sabha in May, the effective strength of the assembly came down to 67 from the original 70.

The BJP’s tally also got reduced to 28 from 31. It has the support of a lone Akali Dal legislator. As per reports, if the assembly is dissolved, then the November 25 by-polls for three assembly seats vacated by BJP will be scrapped. The last date for filing of nominations for the by-polls is Wednesday.

Earlier, after the Supreme Court slammed centre for delaying government formation in Delhi, setting a deadline of November 11, Jung has written to all parties, “In a democracy, President’s Rule cannot go on forever. The Lieutenant Governor should have taken a decision on government formation at the earliest instead of waiting for months.”

After expelling Vinod Kumar Binny from the party, the AAP is left with 27 legislators.

The Congress has eight legislators. There is one independent legislator and one from the Janata Dal-United.

(With inputs from IANS)

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