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President’s rule in Delhi likely


NEW DELHI: Putting an end to speculation over government formation following the hung Assembly verdict, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung recommended imposition of President’s rule in the city Monday.

He has reportedly highlighted reluctance of both BJP and AAP, the two largest parties, to assume power, and recommended to keep the newly-elected Assembly in suspended animation till any of them comes forward to form the government.

While BJP decided not to form a government as it requires at least four to clinch majority in the 70-member House, the Aam Aadmi Party, the second largest with 28 MLAs, asked for 10 days to think it over following Congress’ announcement to extend outside support with eight MLAs.

The term of the previous government ends on Wednesday and a new government should be in place before that. The Union government may take the final decision and convey to the President today.

In that case, Delhi may go to Assembly polls again along with the Lok Sabha polls likely to be held before April.