Feb 15, 2014 at 09:43pm IST

Assembly in suspended animation, Delhi set for President's Rule

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet in a meeting to discuss the future course of action for Delhi Assembly has accepted Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung's report and recommended President's Rule in the national capital. It has also recommended that the Assembly be placed under suspended animation. The Cabinet's recommendation has been forwarded to President Pranab Mukherjee for approval.

L-G Najeeb Jung, in his report, had rejected the recommendation of the outgoing AAP government that the Assembly be dissolved. The LG's move keeps the option open for any political party or a combination of parties to try and form a government in future.

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The Cabinet decision will come into effect after promulgation of a notification by the President. The decision will thereafter need an endorsement by Parliament through a resolution under Article 356 of the Constitution.

The L-G along with his report had also sent the resignation letter of Arvind Kejriwal to the Centre.

Union Cabinet ministers met on Saturday evening at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence after Arvind Kejriwal resigned as the Chief Minister of Delhi along with his Cabinet on Friday within 49 days of coming to power.

Meanwhile, unfazed by the criticism over their resignations, the Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday announced that it would contest the Lok Sabha polls under Kejriwal's leadership and launched a 'jhadoo chalao yatra' against corruption across more than 300 constituencies.

Like in the Delhi elections, corruption will be the party's big focus for the national elections as well.

Even as the AAP might be convinced by their decision to quit, their 49-day rule in Delhi and the abrupt exit has left several voters doubtful about whether they should support the party to form a government. To overcome this doubt will be the biggest challenge for the debutante party in the Lok Sabha elections.