The President’s rule has been imposed in Delhi, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said in a statement in Parliament on Monday.
On the basis of the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung’s report and the Union Cabinet’s recommendation, President Pranab Mukherjee approved the move to impose Central rule in the national capital.
“The President has accepted the resignation of Arvind Kejriwal and his Council of Ministers and also approved the imposition of the President’s rule while keeping the Legislative Assembly in suspended animation,” he said.
The Home Minister said the Council of Ministers had resigned over the Delhi government’s failure to successfully introduce the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Assembly.
“The 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.
According to a statement issued by the LG office, the President will now act through the Lt Governor for administering the National Capital Territory.
“In exercise of the functions and powers assumed by the President... it shall be lawful for President to act to such extent as he thinks fit through the Lt Governor for administering National Capital Territory in accordance with the provision of Article 239 and Article 239AA,” the statement said.
Jung had sent a report to the President on the political situation in Delhi in the wake of resignation of the Aam Aadmi Party Government.
He had also forwarded the resignation of the AAP Government to the President along with the report.
The AAP had alleged that the Opposition BJP and Congress joined hands to block the Jan Lokpal Bill, which was the centrepiece legislation of its election manifesto.
Although Kejriwal had called for the dissolution of the Assembly, the Lieutenant Governor recommended that the House be placed under suspended animation.