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President’s rule imposed in Delhi; Kejriwal's resignation accepted

NEW DELHI: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has imposed President's rule in its capital, New Delhi and accepted the Arvind Kejriwal government's resignation, authorities said on Monday.

"The President, on the advice of Union Cabinet, has imposed President's rule in Delhi. The resignation of Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of Delhi, along with his council of ministers, has been accepted by the President with immediate effect," said the press release issued by lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung's office on Monday.

Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde told the Lok Sabha on Monday that the President has accepted the recommendation of the Union Cabinet for imposition of President's rule in Delhi.

"This bill was a finance bill and necessitated prior reference to the central government by the lieutenant governor, which procedure had not been followed by the Government of NCT of Delhi," Shinde said while briefing both the Houses on Cabinet's decision on Saturday to place Delhi under President's rule while keeping the assembly under suspended animation. 

"Under the circumstances, based on the report of the lieutenant governor and the recommendation of the Union Cabinet in its meeting held on 15.2.2014, the Hon'ble President has accepted the resignation of Shri Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of the GNCT of Delhi, and his council of ministers and also approved the imposition of President's rule while keeping the legislative assembly in suspended animation," Shinde informed both the Houses in a suo motu statement in Monday. 

Kejriwal had resigned along with his council of ministers in Friday, hours after his move to introduce the Jan Lokpal Bill fell through in the Delhi assembly. 

Though Kejriwal had recommended dissolution of the state assembly, LG Najeeb Jung, in his report to the Centre, batted for keeping the state assembly under suspended animation. This would keep alive, the option of formation of an alternative government at a later date. 

The government is expected to get the presidential proclamation ratified by Parliament in this session itself. 
Arvind Kejriwal resigned on Friday after his party's efforts to introduce the Jan Lokpal bill aimed at curbing corruption in high places was stalled.

The Kejriwal government, which survived on outside support of the Congress, lasted 49 days.

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