New Delhi: Delhi will vote to elect a new assembly Feb 7, a year after the AAP government resigned after 49 days in power, and the votes will be counted Feb 10, it was announced Monday.
Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said the last date for nomination of candidates will be Jan 21 and they could withdraw from the contest by Jan 24.
Delhi elected a hung assembly in December 2013 after which the Aam Aadmi Party formed a minority government headed by Arvind Kejriwal with Congress backing. Kejriwal resigned Feb 14, 2014.
The Delhi assembly was dissolved in November last year, after all three major parties – the BJP, the Congress, and Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party – said they were not in a position to form the government.
Delhi has not had a chief minister since Arvind Kejriwal resigned after 49 days in office in February last year. His party has appealed to Delhi to give it a majority and Mr Kejriwal the chance to be chief minister for a longer term this time.