Union Cabinet meets to discuss future of Delhi Assembly
Posted on: 07:39 PM IST Feb 15, 2014
New Delhi: Union Cabinet met on Saturday evening at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence to discuss the future of Delhi Assembly after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Cabinet resigned on Friday within 49 days of coming to power.
A day after Kejriwal resigned as the chief minister of Delhi, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung recommended President's Rule in the national capital. The Lt Governor also recommended that the Delhi Assembly be put under suspended animation.
His recommendation came after the BJP, the single largest party in the Delhi Assembly elections refused to stake a claim to form the government. According to sources, Jung sought the Law Ministry's opinion before recommending President's rule.
Meanwhile, after the resignations of the Delhi chief minister and the Cabinet were accepted, the Aam Admi Party, on Saturday announced its nationwide anti-corruption campaign called the 'Jhadhoo Yatra'. Its election campaign will formally begin on February 23 with AAP members spreading out to more than 300 constituencies.
The tenure of the AAP government was filled with high drama, protests, controversies. While they delivered on some parts of their party manifesto, they were criticised for their style of governance on several counts.
Kejriwal on Friday resigned just a few hours after facing a major embarrassment in the Assembly when Speaker MS Dhir was forced to call for vote on the introduction of the Jan Lokpal Bill despite the L-G's refusal.
Later in the day, while addressing his supporters, Kejriwal accused the Congress and the BJP of joining hands and putting roadblocks in AAP's fight against corruption.
Stepping down as the chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal emerged as the champion of an anti-corruption law that could not be implemented because of the BJP and the Congress.
Kejriwal has now chosen to stay out of power and use it as a launchpad for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. "Now we will take our fight from the Assembly to Parliament," Kejriwal said on Friday in the Delhi Assembly.