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With hung Assembly, government formation in Delhi remains uncertain

New Delhi, Dec 9 (PTI): A day after election results threw up a hung verdict, formation of government in Delhi remained uncertain on Monday with single largest party Bharatiya Janata Party and runner up Aam Aadmi Party refusing to stake claim, saying they do not have the numbers to provide a stable dispensation.

After a meeting of top AAP leaders at party chief Arvind Kejriwal's residence here, the newcomer to electoral politics said it will not stake claim to form government and will play the role of a constructive opposition.

AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said even if Lt Governor Najeeb Jung invites the party to form the government it will decline such an offer, citing lack of majority.

”We are not going to form the government. We will sit in the opposition and play the role of a constructive opposition. As per the Constitution, the largest party has to take the responsibility of forming government,” Yadav said.

”We don't have the mandate to form the government. It is a strange situation where the single largest party is asking the number 2 party to form the government,” he told reporters.

BJP has also expressed its reluctance to stake claim, saying it did not have the numbers to provide a stable government.

BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan had said last night that he will not stake claim to form a government as his party is short of a clear majority and would prefer to sit in the opposition than indulge in any “horse trading”.

”Since I don't have number I cannot stake my claim in forming my government in Delhi...Since I don't have the magic number of 36, I really cannot be a part of the government formation in Delhi,” he had said.

BJP, along with its partner Akali Dal's one seat, has 32 MLAs and will need the support of at least four more to reach the magic figure of 36. AAP has bagged 28 seats followed by Congress with eight. JD-U won one seat while the Mundka seat was bagged by an Independent.

”I think selflessly, I prefer to sit in the opposition, try and help any government that is there in the offing by anyone and support them for the people's cause,” Vardhan had said.