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President Dissolves Assembly, Delhi Prepares for Fresh Polls

Paving a way for fresh polls, it was declared on Wednesday that the Delhi assembly has been dissolved and the Election Commission cancelled by-elections in three assembly constituencies in the capital.

The Election Commission had announced on October 25 that Mehrauli, Tughlakabad and Krishna Nagar would go to the polls Nov 25. BJP legislators from the three places were elected to the Lok Sabha in May.

After the Union Cabinet Meeting conducted on Tuesday recommended the dissolution of the 70-member Delhi assembly where no political party had enough numbers to form a stable government., it approved the recommendation by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.

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.”

The meeting was conducted after days when Supreme Court expressed displeasure at the central government’s delay in ensuring a new government in Delhi.

The national capital has been without an elected government and under the President’s Rule since February 2014 when Aam Aadmi Party government led by Arvind Kejriwal resigned as chief minister after ruling for 49 days.
A Rashtrapati Bhawan spokesperson said the president has signed the proclamation dissolving the Delhi assembly.

The decision was taken after leaders of the Bharatiya Janata party, AAP and the Congress told Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung that they wanted elections to end months of political uncertainty.

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 was Wednesday.

The Delhi election of December 2013 threw up a fractured mandate.

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