Should MLAs sit idle at home? SC fret over political logjam in Delhi

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned the Central Government, "Should the MLAs elected by public sit idle at home?" The apex court raised a noteworthy question especially at a time when there is no end insight to the political deadlock in Delhi's hung Assembly.

The court asked the Central Government to clear its stand on Delhi Assembly. The apex court was hearing a petition by Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party to dissolve the Assembly and call fresh polls in Delhi.

The Constitutional Bench of the apex court, which is hearing the case, said that the Centre needs to be more specific about its endeavours to form Government in Delhi. It further asked the competent authority to take decision on dissolving Delhi Assembly within a reasonable time.

What is the ongoing political deadlock?

Delhi has been under President's rule since February, 17 and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung is looking after day to day work of the Government. This after 49-day-old Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned from the post when he failed to push his Jan Lokpal Bill. Though Kejriwal had recommended dissolution of the Assembly, LG Najeeb Jung, in his report to the Centre, pushed for keeping the State Assembly under suspended animation.

AAP won 28 out of 70 Assembly constituencies and formed Government with the help of eight Congress MLAs. This after BJP, which won maximum number of seats declined to form its Government citing lack of numbers to rule.

Projects worth over Rs 5,000 crore are on hold due to paucity of funds.

BJP's number further came down to 28 in the House in May after three of its MLAs Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pervesh Verma were elected to Lok Sabha. With the resignation of three MLAs, the strength of the Assembly also went down to 67.

No clear sign of resolving political stalemate anytime soon

Following its humilitaing defeat in Lok Sabha poll, AAP approached the Supreme Court deeming the decision of LG over suspended animation of Assembly unconstitutional.

Kejriwal on 17th July again met LG and asked him to dissolve the Government. But, when LG declined to do so, the party accused him of being partisan. AAP leaders even launched a war against LG on twitter saying, biased LG would invite BJP to form the Government in the city. But, nothing has happened so far.

People bearing the brunt, major projects halted

As the deadlock over Government formation still persists in the national capital, projects worth several thousands of crores began under Sheila Diskhit Government's regime have lost momentum. Although various departments have been given green signal to go ahead with these projects by LG, their execution remains on hold due to lack of funds. Projects worth over Rs 5,000 crore are on hold due to paucity of funds. Be it much awaited Signature Bridge, elevated roads connecting Vikaspuri to Wazirabad all have been on hold due lack of Government in the city.

Not only this, Delhiites are reeling under continuous power cuts, and facing water shortage but there is no authority to take call on the issue. Though Lieutenant Governor is taking a look on the situation, nothing much has happened on the ground.

With problems emerging on different fronts, Delhiites will certainly not prefer to be devoid of a Government for a long period. So, LG Najeeb Jung and the Centre would have to take decision in this regard.

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