If taking a stand still matters in Indian politics, then, ideally, Delhi
‘must’ see another assembly election in the next six months.
BJP has won 32 seats, AAP 28 and
Congress 8. Now, BJP needs 3 seats to reach to the half-way mark in the 70-seat
Delhi Assembly to form the government while AAP needs 7 seats to be able to do
Now, for ‘politics of value’ or
for the sake of the stand taken by the three outfits, ‘poaching’ or
‘horse-trading’ should be (has to be) ruled out. And independents, being just
two in number, cannot be an option to explore either.
As far as the option of BJP
forming a minority government, that would again depend on the rotten form of
politics to manage the floor for the Delhi Assembly members during the Trust
Alternatively, Delhi can go ahead with the BJP minority government
if AAP doesn't bring it down as said by Prashant Bhushan. But in that case, the
government in office would be vulnerable to AAP’s way of doing things that BJP leadership
would not like.
Anyway, these are possibilities,
just like another assembly election in Delhi
in the next six months.
As the words go - AAP, BJP and
Congress – the three are supposed to be mutually outcasts for each other, as
being projected, as they are echoing.
Hope, they cling to their
For ‘politics of values’, another
assembly election in Delhi, in the coming months, probably with the Lok Sabha
polls due next April-May, would be a welcome development.
With an electoral outcome giving
a hung assembly where the three players of the triangular electoral fight are
looking set to take extreme positions of sticking to their stand of not
entering into any alliance as they have been saying, we are looking (and not
staring) at this possibility in the real time now.
It is true there have been
reports of leaders of Congress and BJP talking of ‘support exchange
possibilities’, but there have been regular denials so.
So, on a day, in fact a good day
for democracy in India, when the electorate of Delhi has given a landmark verdict
voicing the suppressed demand of the need for fundamental changes in the way
politics is being done in the country, the ‘position takers’ should be given
the benefit of doubt and we should heartily accept this ‘hung verdict dependent
development’ even if it comes at the cost of holding another assembly election
in Delhi in the coming six months, as the Constitutional requirement puts it.
Given the sorry state of affairs
of Indian politics currently being practiced, it would be a very small price to
pay, something that the electorate of Delhi can
happily afford for the electorate of India.