Published On: Mon, Feb 17th, 2014


The central government Saturday decided to impose president’s rule in Delhi following the resignation of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his council of ministers Friday. The assembly will now be kept in suspended animation.

With its eyes firmly on the Lok Sabha polls, the Aam Aadmi Party announced a major campaign to clean up the corrupt system, even as Kejriwal clarified he had not quit with an eye on the general elections.

As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shied away from forming the government in Delhi, the union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, took the decision to impose president’s rule following the recommendation of Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung.

Jung rejected the 49-day-old AAP government’s recommendation to dissolve the assembly and call for fresh election. The cabinet decision will come into effect after the promulgation of a notification by President Pranab Mukherjee.The decision will need parliament’s nod through a resolution under article 356 of the constitution.

The AAP government resigned Friday after it suffered a defeat on the Jan Lokpal bill in the Delhi assembly.

The bill was a poll promise of the AAP government, which took charge Dec 28.

A day after his resignation, Kejriwal said the move to quit was not made with an eye on the general elections. He also said he was undecided about contesting the Lok Sabha polls.

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