Below is a translation of Harsh Vardhan’s letter to the Lt Governor explaining why the BJP will not form Government in Delhi. The original letter, in Hindi, follows after.
December 12, 2013
The Lt Governor
Respected Jung Sahab,
I received your letter regarding a discussion on the possibilities about Government-formation in Delhi. The people of Delhi are troubled with rising inflation, corruption and other burning issues. Amidst all this frustration and disappointment, the Capital’s public had to face the Legislative Assembly election. I have been serving as an MLA here for the past 20 years. Everyday, I am confronted with people’s grief and their issues. Being a doctor by profession, I can know the disease and the causes behind it only after seeing the patient.
The main reason behind the issues which the people of Delhi face is the misrule and disillusioning policies of Congress. On many occasions, the BJP has raised its voice on roads and also in the Legislative Assembly for the cause of the problems faced by the people of Delhi. The Congress, instead of solving the problems the public is facing, has left them unheard. Consequent to this, the Congress was able to win only eight seats in the Delhi Legislative Assembly election. Even the strong Chief Minister of Delhi lost the election. After the Legislative Assembly elections, the BJP wanted to bring happiness to the people after receiving a clear verdict. But, this did not happen as the BJP did not receive a clear majority by four seats.
In politics, the BJP has remained a supporter of clean politics, transparency, honesty and being answerable. Power to us is a means to care and serve and not just a means to fulfill ambitions. Moving ahead on this path, the BJP wants to solve the problems the people of Delhi are facing. In a democracy, if I get a chance to do this by forming an elected Government in the future, I assure you that the Capital’s public will feel proud about their decision on their choice of the Chief Minister.
Delhi’s wise public has given us a verdict for ruling the Capital. This is why the BJP has emerged as the single largest party. But in a situation where we have not received a clear majority, I, with my party’s support, while abiding by the high tradition of abiding by the political ideals, would choose to sit in the Opposition.
Dr Harsh Vardhan
Can’t form Government without majority, will sit in opposition: Harsh Vardhan