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Arvind fires salvo at Jung

New Delhi, July 17 (PTI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal today voiced suspicion that Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung was “likely to invite” the BJP to form the government and encourage “horse-trading”.

“Sources (claim) — Despite public outcry, LG likely to invite BJP to form government today. BJP will accept it... BJP still does not have nos. Sources — 6 Congress MLAs not yet ready. BJP’s assessment — After taking oath, it would become easier to buy MLAs,” the AAP chief tweeted.

“Would LG save his chair or the constitution — nation will keenly watch. If a party (BJP) has once already declined the offer to form govt — can the LG invite the same party in the existing Vidhan Sabha again?... Shouldn’t LG first ask for a list of supporting MLAs? Else wouldn’t LG be seen to be acting partisan?” Kejriwal added.

The former chief minister, who had resigned this February after 49 days in power with Congress support, said Jung would encourage “horse-trading” if he invited the BJP.

State BJP leader Vijay Jolly said his party “did not believe in horse-trading”, though sources said “six” Congress MLAs were “willing to cross over”.

The Delhi Assembly has 70 members. When central rule was imposed, the BJP and ally Akali Dal had 32 members — a number that has fallen to 29 after three BJP legislators quit and won the Lok Sabha election.

The AAP’s tally has fallen from 28 to 27 after it expelled Vinod Kumar Binny. The Congress has eight MLAs and the Janata Dal (United) one, besides an Independent.

Earlier in the day, the AAP held a meeting of its legislators. “We will expose the BJP’s attempts to buy Congress MLAs,” said senior AAP leader and ex-minister Manish Sisodia. The AAP dubbed “baseless” recent claims that seven of its MLAs were resigning.

Legal notice

BJP MLA R.P. Singh has sent Kejriwal a defamation notice for accusing the party of resorting to “horse-trading”.