NEW DELHI (AP) – India’s government on Tuesday ordered that the capital’s legislative assembly be dissolved so new elections can be held.
Delhi has been run by the federal government since the city’s top elected official resigned in February.
In elections a year ago, none of the three main political parties won enough seats in the 70-member assembly to form a government.
India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party won 32 seats, short of a majority, but no political group was willing to form a coalition government with it, or even offer support from outside.
Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party formed a government, but it was short-lived.
Aam Aadmi won only 28 seats in the elections, but was able to form a government with the Congress Party supporting it from the outside. Congress had won eight seats in the polls, held last December.
Kejriwal resigned after 49 days in office when opposition parties voted against his proposal to appoint an independent anti-corruption panel to investigate graft charges against politicians and bureaucrats.