Hold polls immediately in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal to Lt Governor

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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party’s national Convenor and former Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and urged him to dissolve the Delhi Assembly and consider holding fresh elections.

“I met the Lt Governor and requested him to consider conducting elections in Delhi immediately. The LG said he would consider,” Kejriwal said.

Both BJP and Congress parties are not at all interested in having fresh elections in Delhi and it raises doubt on their intentions, Kejriwal said, referring to the Supreme Court’s observation.

The Supreme Court on Monday granted two weeks to both BJP and Congress to make its stand clear whether either of them is in any position to stake claim for government formation in Delhi in the wake of the Assembly being kept under suspended animation following the resignation of AAP Government.

“But during the overall observation, the court said that if Lt Governor wants he can consider ordering fresh elections to be held,” Kejriwal said.

Noting that the matter “cannot be in limbo”, the Supreme Court has listed further hearing on the petition by the Aam Aadmi Party on April 17. The petition challenges the President’s Rule imposed in Delhi in February this year after Arvind Kejriwal resigned as Chief Minister.

Kejriwal also held BJP and Congress responsible for discontinuing the subsidy on water and electricity from April 1.

The AAP leaders submitted a memorandum to the Lieutenant Governor demanding reconsideration of his earlier decision.

“The AAP challenges the BJP and the Congress to reveal their stand on whether the President’s rule should continue in Delhi and spell out the reasons for getting the interim budget passed in parliament which ended the relief to the people of Delhi on electricity and water tarrifs” the party said in a statement.

The AAP will effectively raise these issues in its campaign and will not allow the BJP and the Congress to run away from answering the public on these key issues, it said.

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