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HindustanTimes Tue,21 Oct 2014

Kejriwal resignation leaves capital in limbo, what happens in Delhi now?

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 14, 2014
First Published: 21:35 IST(14/2/2014) | Last Updated: 08:22 IST(15/2/2014)

After resigning, Arvind Kejriwal has recommended dissolution of the assembly and fresh election. Here is an analysis of what could happen in the national capital.
 
• After resigning, Arvind Kejriwal has recommended dissolution of the assembly and fresh election
 
• Delhi being a Union Territory-state, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung is not bound to go by the advice of the outgoing CM and his council
 
• The L-G will apprise President Pranab Mukherjee about the development

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• L-G likely to send report to Union home ministry on Saturday recommending President's Rule
 
• Union Cabinet to accept report and for the first time since 1993, when the Delhi assembly was constituted, Cabinet to place assembly in suspended animation, seek parliamentary approval and pass vote on account for Delhi
 
• Once parliamentary approval comes, Delhi assembly to be dissolved
 
• Election Commission would hold elections to 70 assembly seats with Lok Sabha polls
 
• Till the time the President (read home ministry) takes a decision — which could be two to three days or less — the L-G may ask Kejriwal to run a caretaker government. The caretaker government cannot take any policy decisions
 
What the President may advise the L-G to do:
 
a) Dissolve assembly and impose President’s rule
b) Keep assembly in suspended animation, as another party may come forward and stake claim to form government
 
A new government will have to be elected within six months if President’s rule is imposed or the assembly remains in suspended animation and no party stakes claim to form government
  
In case of President’s rule:
 
The L-G will be directly responsible for all areas governed by the state government. The New Delhi Municipal Council that reports to CM will start reporting to the L-G and so will Delhi Jal Board and power utilities including the private distribution companies, where the Delhi government has 51% stake.
 
The chief secretary of Delhi, who reports to CM, will report to the L-G. All Delhi government departments — health, transport, social welfare, education, public works, food and supplies etc — will be under L-G’s direct control.
 
The heads of other government corporations and agencies — the urban shelter board (DUSIB), the industrial development corporation (DSIIDC), the transport corporation (DTC), tourism corporation (DTTDC), finance corporation (DFC) etc will report to the L-G through chief secretary.
 
The three municipal corporations of east, north and south Delhi will come under the direct control of L-G. The director of civic bodies will report to the L-G.
 
The L-G may appoint a team of advisors to help him run different departments of the government.
 
The police and DDA are already under the direct control of the L-G, who reports to the Union home ministry.


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