The Union Cabinet today recommended dissolution of the Delhi Assembly. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi following Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung‘s report to the President on Delhi’s political situation. Yesterday Jung had separate meetings with BJP, Aam Aadmi Party and Congress.
During the meetings, the parties had expressed their unwillingness to form government and sought fresh mandate in the national capital. Our correspondent reports political parties are now gearing up to finalise their strategies for the polls which may be held early next year.
Cabinet’s recommendation to the President has ended political uncertainty prevailing for several months over formation of government and has paved the way for fresh polls. Promising good governance to the people, Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said, his party is ready for polls and will contest elections under the collective leadership. Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal hoped that the city will elect their representatives with clean image. He said, his party will go to the people with performance of its 49-days rule in the city.
Senior Congress leader and former Delhi Minister Haroon Yusuf told AIR that his party has been demanding fresh election for the last six months and it will seek votes from the public on the basis of work done in the last 15 years. Our correspondent adds, BJP had emerged as the single largest party in last year’s Assembly elections winning 31 seats but fell four seats short of a simple majority. Aam Aadmi Party formed the government with the support of Congress.
The government led by Arvind Kejriwal had resigned in February after the Janlokpal Bill, could not be passed due to opposition from BJP and Congress. Later, President’s Rule was imposed in the city keeping Assembly under suspended animation. The process for the 25th November by-elections to three constituencies, for which last date of nominations is tomorrow, is likely to be cancelled.