'Invite BJP to form govt in city'

AAP asks LG to reconsider Prez Rule for fresh polls

The Aam Aadmi Party has written to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, asking him to invite the BJP to form the government in Delhi.

The AAP’s letter to Jung came two days after the Supreme Court said that Jung was not fettered by any time limit to review the decision to place Delhi under President’s Rule.

In case the BJP declines to form the government, AAP leader Prashant Bhushan, on behalf of the party, asked Jung to reconsider the earlier recommendation of putting the Delhi Assembly in a state of suspended animation. 

Arguing that the apex court had clarified that there was no “impediment in revoking Presidential Proclamation at any point of time”, the three-page letter requested the Lieutenant Governor to hold elections soon.

The Supreme Court had also said that Jung was free to dissolve the Assembly before the expiry of the prescribed period of one year.

“We humbly request you firstly to invite the leaders of the BJP to ascertain whether they are inclined to form the government in Delhi,” the letter said. The BJP had emerged as the single largest party winning 31 of the 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly elections in December last year.

“If they (BJP) express their inability, then you kindly reconsider your earlier recommendation of placing the Assembly in a state of suspended animation, and take the appropriate decision in this regard, so that the citizens of Delhi can have a democratically elected government at the earliest,” the letter said.

Jung had recommended President’s Rule after the AAP government quit in February 14 over the Jan Lokpal Bill. Former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had also written to Jung on March 31 asking for fresh elections. 

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