Prez dissolves Delhi Assembly, fresh polls soon

RSTV Bureau

pranab_presidentThe 70 member Delhi Assembly was dissolved on Wednesday, paving the way for fresh elections that will end the political hibernation since the AAP government fell in February after ruling for 49 days.

Ending the eight-month-long political uncertainty, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday recommended to the President dissolution of the Delhi Assembly as major players BJP, AAP and Congress have expressed “inability” to form government and preferred holding of polls.

Sources in the Lt Governor’s office said Jung in his report to President Pranab Mukherjee mentioned that all three main political parties BJP, AAP and Congress expressed inability to form government and conveyed that they were ready to face fresh election.

A notification issued by the Home Ministry said that President Pranab Mukherjee has dissolved the “Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi with immediate effect” on November 4.

The Union Cabinet had on Tuesday recommended the dissolution of the Assembly following recommendation of LG Najeeb Jung after talks on Monday with BJP, Congress and AAP which expressed inability to form government and sought fresh mandate.

While the fresh elections may be held early next year, the process for the November 25 by-elections to three constituencies, for which last date of nominations is today, was revoked by the Election Commission.

The government led by Kejriwal had resigned on February 14 after the party’s pet project, the Janlokpal Bill, could not be passed due to opposition from BJP and Congress.

President’s Rule was imposed on February 17 in Delhi.

Jung had not favoured dissolution of the Assembly as recommended by the council of ministers headed by Kejriwal and kept the Assembly in suspended animation.