President’s rule imminent in Capital with deadlock on

With the term of the present legislative assembly set to end on 17 December and formation of government in near future still remaining an impossibility, the imposition of the president’s rule appears to be only a matter of time in the city. Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung, having held unsuccessful discussions with two large political groups – the BJP and the AAP – for government formation, has already sent his recommendations to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Jung had sent a detailed report on the current political impasse in Delhi to President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday. With AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal seeking 10 days time to come back on the offer made by the lieutenant governor, Raj Niwas was left with no constitutional provision to allow a caretaker government in office any further.

Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday wrote a letter to presidents of both the Congress and the BJP listing 18 issues and asking whether both parties would support AAP on these grounds. The move evoked severe criticism from leaders of both the national parties. Kejriwal’s tactic came after the Congress had, in a letter written to Jung, offered outside and unconditional support for AAP to form the next government. The current impasse has arisen has the largest party in the House the BJP has failed to cross the halfway mark of 36 seats to rule Delhi for the next five years. Its legislative party leader Harsh Vardhan had rejected Jung’s offer to form the next government in Delhi.
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