BJP leaders brainstorm to find government-formation formula in Delhi

The exit poll results, predicting a comfortable victory for the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Assembly polls, have sent the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders into a tizzy.

While the AAP leaders spent their Sunday relaxing with families and friends, senior BJP leaders held a brainstorming session to chalk out an alternate plan to form government in the Capital. This is being seen as the BJP's desperate bid to form the government in eventuality of a hung Assembly or the BJP falling short of the majority mark in the 70-member House. It requires at least 36 seats to get a clear majority in the Delhi Assembly.

The exit poll results have predicted around 19-27 seats for the saffron party while the AAP has emerged the winner with 38-48 se

Well-placed sources in the BJP said the party's internal assessment has revealed that the party would win at least 38-40 seats. The BJP candidates assured senior leaders that the party's performance will be better than what has been projected in the exit polls. They also claimed that the exit poll results were 'managed' and suspected a money game behind the predictions. "The BJP will be certainly in a position to form the government. Having assessed the poll pattern in their constituencies, the BJP candidates are confident of managing to get the adequate numbers," said a BJP leader who attended Sunday's meeting.

Delhi BJP in-charge Prabhat Jha, BJP general secretary Ramlal, Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay, BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi and senior BJP leader V.K. Malhotra attended the meeting to assess the current political situation. All the BJP candidates for the Assembly polls were present in the meeting.

"We assessed the ground realities for each Assembly constituency. Based on people's feedback and assessment of candidates for their respective seats, we forecast that the BJP will form a government in Delhi under the leadership of Kiran Bedi. We are not talking about any particular number on February 10, when the results come out, but our forecast is that the BJP will definitely form the government," Upadhyay said after the meeting.

Another Delhi BJP leader said: "All the BJP candidates came prepared with reports from their constituencies. The poll percentage and voting pattern in all 14 districts and 70 constituencies were assessed separately so as to draw a tentative conclusion." Sources said the senior leaders also briefed BJP president Amit Shah over the emerging situation. They said all sitting MLAs of the BJP in the previous Assembly are confident of their re-election.


In such a situation, the BJP would require only four seats to get a majority. However, the BJP think tank is also assessing various possibilities like a hung Assembly or the BJP falling short of majority. In both cases, sources said, the BJP would make serious efforts to take a shot at government formation. Meanwhile, the BJP leadership has issued a slew of guidelines to the candidates and their agents for the counting day. In order to avert any foul play, the candidates and counting agents have been asked to raise objection immediately on noticing any suspicious activity.

Earlier in the day, Union minister and senior BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman met Kiran Bedi at her residence. Sitharaman said Bedi's statement

Courtesy Niti Central


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