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Lieutenant Governor Invites AAP, After BJP says ‘no’

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal

The Bharatiya Janata Party, which emerged as the single largest party in Delhi assembly polls but fell short of a majority, on Thursday declined to form a government, strengthening the likelihood of fresh election in the national capital.

After a 45-minute meeting with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, BJP leader Harsh Vardhan told reporters: “Since we do not have a clear mandate, we are not in a position to form the government.”

Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had invited the BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in this month’s Assembly elections, to discuss government formation.

After the BJP declined, Mr. Jung invited Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal to meet him on Saturday for discussions.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, along with its ally the Shiromani Akali Dal which has one seat, has 32 MLAs in the 70-member Assembly. The AAP is the second largest party with 28 seats, followed by the Congress with eight seats.

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had on Wednesday made it clear that his party would prefer fresh election than forming a government with support from Congress or BJP.

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