Toeing the Congress line taken by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung, the Union cabinet on Saturday evening recommended Delhi assembly to be kept in suspended animation thereby imposing President's rule in Delhi until a new government gets sworn in.
Pushed to take a call on AAP leader and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's decision to resign and seek immediate dissolution of the Delhi assembly, the Lieutenant Governor had recommended president Pranab Mukherjee to keep the assembly in suspended animation.
The move, illogical if not illegal as alleged by the outgoing chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and many others, had ostensibly come at the behest of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre that was not in favour of immediate elections in Delhi for fear of getting routed again.
Kejriwal argued that the L-G should have gone by the recommendation of the Delhi government that was in majority at the time of sending its recommendation as it had successfully passed the money bill on the same day.
The cabinet decision came as a dampener for the Delhi union of the BJP too, whose leader of opposition in the assembly, Dr Harsh Vardhan and state president Vijay Goel, said clearly that they were battle ready for an immediate elections even if they were held within a day.
As per the constitution, an assembly can be kept in suspended animation for a maximum of six months and if a government is not formed within that period, the assembly either gets dissolved to go in for fresh elections or if the L-G so considers, he can again recommend extension of President's rule.
However, in all likelihood, Delhi is expected to go in for elections again along with the general Lok Sabha polls that are expected to take place any time in April-May this year.