After the Union Cabinet Meeting conducted today, it approved the recommendation by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on the dissolution of Delhi assembly.
The meeting was held at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence at 7 Race Course Road today. Jung has sent a report to the President confirming that all parties have "expressed their inability to form the government," on Tuesday and Delhi was likely to go ahead for fresh polls.
Jung has met all parties to discuss the possibility of government formation in Delhi on Monday. An official statement from the L-G’s office said, “L-G held consultations with the leaders of the three political parties to explore the possibility of government formation. All the parties expressed their inability to form the government.”
According to reports, the President Pranab Mukherjee would send a recommendation to the Union Cabinet that the Delhi assembly be dissolved.
The national capital has been without an elected government and under President’s Rule since February 2014 when Aam Aadmi Party government led by Arvind Kejriwal resigned as chief minister after ruling for 49 days.
Meanwhile, the meeting was conducted after days when Supreme Court expressed displeasure at the central government’s delay in ensuring a new government in Delhi which has been under President’s Rule since Feb 17.
After three BJP legislators were elected to the Lok Sabha in May, the effective strength of the assembly came down to 67 from the original 70.
The BJP’s tally also got reduced to 28 from 31. It has the support of a lone Akali Dal legislator. As per reports, if the assembly is dissolved, then the November 25 by-polls for three assembly seats vacated by BJP will be scrapped. The last date for filing of nominations for the by-polls is Wednesday.
Earlier, after the Supreme Court slammed centre for delaying government formation in Delhi, setting a deadline of November 11, Jung has written to all parties, "In a democracy, President’s Rule cannot go on forever. The Lieutenant Governor should have taken a decision on government formation at the earliest instead of waiting for months."
The election is reportedly expected to be held in February next year. As per reports, though BJP made no public statement after the meeting, BJP sources reportedly said the party said it wanted a fresh election in Delhi.
However, amid Congress legislator Haroon Yusuf said "We will contest the election under the guidance of (party president) Sonia Gandhi and (vice president) Rahul Gandhi, and development will be our main agenda."
The Congress has eight legislators. There is one independent legislator and one from the Janata Dal-United. After expelling Vinod Kumar Binny from the party, the AAP is left with 27 legislators.