For Delhi, Modi favours fresh polls

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014,16:34 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are in favour of seeking fresh mandate in Delhi, but not in the immediate future.

With Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) demanding that lieutenant-governor Najeeb Jung should dissolve the Assembly, a section within the BJP’s Delhi unit wants to go for fresh Assembly polls soon, but Mr Modi and some senior leaders, including Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, it was learnt are not in favour of going for fresh elections in the next couple of months. The issue was apparently discussed on Tuesday by the party top brass, including Mr Modi.

The Prime Minister, sources said, has, however, indicated that he was against seeking support of any other party and suggested that the party should not be seen indulging in horse-trading to form the government in Delhi.

The sources disclosed this section of BJP leadership is of the view that the party should wait till the conditions become “more favourable” for the saffron party. Price rise is one of the main reasons why these leaders do not want the BJP to go for fresh polls anytime soon. The BJP-led NDA government is facing an Opposition onslaught over price rise and party’s poll managers feel, price rise could dent its poll prospects if the Assembly elections are held in the next three to four months.

Another reason for not going to polls now is the Aam Aadmi Party’s vote share in Assembly segments in Delhi during the Lok Sabha elections. As compared to the last Assembly elections, the AAP vote share witnessed an increase of around four per cent during the general elections in May this year as compared to the Assembly elections held in December last year.

The BJP’s newly-appointed state unit chief Satish Upadhayay recently said the party has received no proposal on government formation. Currently, the BJP along with ally SAD has 29 legislators. The saffron party would require the support of five more MLAs to prove majority in the 70-member Assembly. At present, the effective strength of the Delhi Assembly is 67 as three BJP MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha in May. The AAP had won 28 and Congress had won eight seats in the Assembly elections in December last year.