Indian media: Polls 'to put Delhi back on track'

Arvind Kejriwal Delhi has been without a government since Arvind Kejriwal quit in February

Media in India welcome the prospect of fresh assembly elections in Delhi following an eight-month long political stalemate.

The federal cabinet on Tuesday accepted Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung's recommendation for fresh elections.

Mr Jung has been in-charge of the city after Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal resigned from the position of Delhi's chief minister in February.

Most papers have expressed relief that the capital will finally get a new government.

The Times of India says it is "heartening that polls are now likely as numerous projects have been held up due to the fact that the capital has lacked a political leadership".

The Economic Times agrees, saying "major policy decisions" were not taken due to the political deadlock.

"Delhi has been under the poll model code of conduct for almost a year. No major policy decision or project can be announced with the model code in force," the paper says.

The paper also notes that corruption has increased and religious tensions have flared up in parts of Delhi.

"Administrative graft, police and municipal rot and bureaucratic sloth have gone up…Hindu-Muslim communal riots have started escalating. The only way Delhi's administrative decay will stop is to have in place an elected government, answerable to the people. Delhi has held its breath for nearly a year. Now, hold elections," the paper says.

The Hindustan Times, meanwhile, feels that the new government will face tough challenges.

"Whoever gets the prize of Delhi will not find the going easy. They will have to get down to business quickly to make up for a great deal of lost time," the paper says

The Asian Age urges the election watchdog to hold polls as soon as possible.

"We hope these are not delayed…The Election Commission must act with dispatch," the paper says.

Tendulkar vs Chappell

In international news, India has welcomed a Pentagon report which says Pakistan is using militants groups as proxies to counter the Indian military.

"It manifests a growing acknowledgment in the international community of the extent of Pakistan's involvement in international terrorism," the Economic Times quotes Syed Akbaruddin, India's foreign ministry spokesperson, as saying.

And finally, former Australian cricketer Greg Chappell has denied Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar's claim that he wanted to remove Rahul Dravid as Indian team's captain ahead of the 2007 World Cup, the NDTV website reports.

In his autobiography, Tendulkar has reportedly alleged that Chappell wanted to remove Dravid from the captain's position when he was the Indian team's coach in 2005-07.

Chappell visited Tendulkar's house and offered to help the top Indian batsman "in taking over the reins of the side" from Dravid, the website reports citing an excerpt from the book.

Chappell's stint as the Indian coach was filled with controversies including his public fallout with former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.

Tendulkar's autobiography will be officially released on 6 November.

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