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Four days after New Delhi's assembly election results were declared, the Indian capital still does not have a government as no party is willing to seek support of the other.
NEW DELHI: Four days after New Delhi's assembly election results were declared, the Indian capital still does not have a government.
A hung verdict remains as no party is willing to seek the support of the other, which means that the president may have to step in.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has been holding victory celebrations in the Indian capital, having won 28 seats in the 70-member assembly. However, it is still short of eight seats to form a government.
Supporters are thrilled that a political party that came into existence just a year ago is currently the second largest party in the nation's capital.
However, they stand by their leader Arvind Kejriwal in not seeking the support of any other party to form a government because they feel it would dilute their ideology.
"We stand by the fact that we will not form an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party or Congress in Delhi. We will neither give support, nor take support from either of the two," said Arvind Kejriwal.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has three seats more than the AAP. But the Hindu nationalist party is still five short of the magic number of 36 needed to form a government, while no political party is willing to form a coalition government with the BJP.
All eyes are on Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung, who will first call upon the AAP to form the government since the BJP cannot do so.
If there still is no government, the constitution calls for the president to rule until elections are once again held in Delhi. If that happens, it will likely coincide with the general elections in 2014.
"It is an onus on both the parties to find a common ground to govern. If they cannot find a common ground, well, they will go back for re-elections but at least an effort should be made to find a common ground," said social activist Kiran Bedi.
This is the first time that such a constitutional crisis has taken place in the Indian capital.
Both the AAP and the BJP want to appear as parties not willing to make compromises on their ideologies to seek support of the third party, the Congress party, to form the government in Delhi.
They have their eyes on the bigger prize -- the general election in 2014 -- and for that, they are willing to sacrifice state power in the capital.