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President’s Rule to be imposed in Delhi

 NEW DELHI, Feb 15 – Delhi will be brought under President’s Rule and the Assembly will be kept under suspended animation with the Union Cabinet today accepting the recommendation of Lt Governor Najeeb Jung in this regard, reports PTI.

Jung had rejected the recommendation of the outgoing AAP government that the Assembly be dissolved. The Cabinet decision will come into effect after promuglation of a notification by the President. It has to be then got endorsed by Parliament through a resolution under Article 356 of the Constitution.

In a report to the Centre, Jung did not favour dissolution of the 70-member Delhi Assembly as recommended by the Council of Ministers headed by Arvind Kejriwal when it met last night and decided to quit.

The LG’s move keeps the option open for any political party or a combination of parties to try and form a government in future.

Sources said Jung has conveyed to the Centre that Delhi be brought under a spell of President’s Rule as no party is now in a position to form an alternative government. The final call on the LG’s recommendation will be taken by the Centre.

Home Ministry officials said they would take the opinion of the Law Ministry and place all the facts before the Union Cabinet for the final decision.

The Assembly polls late last year had given a split verdict with no political party getting absolute majority. The AAP led by Kejriwal formed the government in December with Congress support.

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