Arun Jaitley
Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: The Centre today hoped that “some political solution” would emerge paving the way for formation of a popular government in Delhi as political parties questioned the delay in this regard and said it was hurting infrastructure in the national capital.

“I hope some political solution will come out to help in government formation or fresh elections will be held in Delhi,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said while replying to a debate on the Delhi Budget in the Rajya Sabha. The Rs 36,766 crore Delhi Budget was returned by the Upper House by voice vote, a day after Lok Sabha passed it.

Delhi was placed under President’s rule in February when AAP government quit after remaining in power for 49 days.

Jaitley was responding to Opposition’s contention that the absence of a popular government in Delhi was affecting infrastructure, especially in power and drinking water supply.

Parties like Congress and SP wanted to know how long the President’s rule would continue as they contended that this was affecting governance in the national capital.

To a suggestion on extending power subsidy to consumers from April to September this year, Jaitley said subsidies are only prospective and never retrospective.

“Subsidies are only prospective. They are never retrospective. No subsidy is ever retrospective. When you had the government at the Centre then, on April 1 you could have asked the then government for subsidy,” Jaitley said replying to a query from Parvez Hashmi (Cong) on paying consumers subsidy from April.

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