Stalemate in Delhi: SC pulls up Centre, says President's Rule can't go on forever

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New Delhi, Oct 28: Showing its displeasure on the logjam in Delhi, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said that it is not acceptable at all. The apex court said, "In a democracy, President's Rule can't go on forever".

The judgment has come after the Centre on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the President has given consent to invite the BJP to form the government in Delhi.

Just before every date of the hearing, some statement is made about the attempt being made for the formation of government but why things are not being done well before the date of the hearing, asked the apex court's Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, admonishing the handling of the issue by the central government.

Pulling the Government on the long spell of political stalemate in the capital, the court said, "We gave you enough time but nothing happened and you always make one statement or other on the day of hearing".

Rebuking the Narendra Modi Government, the court further stated, "The Lieutenant Governor should have taken decision on government formation at the earliest and should not have taken 5 months time".

Earlier in the day, President Pranab Mukherjee had approved LG Najeeb Jung's approval to invite the largest party to form a Government in Delhi. Thereafter the talk of BJP forming Government gained the ground.

As usual, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal hit out at the BJP and questioned how could it form the government if it did not have the numbers. Kejriwal said, "BJP is playing dirty tricks with the people of Delhi. BJP is running away from elections as they are scared of losing in Delhi," he said.

After ruling for 49 days, Arvind Kejriwal had resigned on Feb 14 this year as the chief minister and ever since Delhi has been under the President's rule.

At present, the Delhi Assembly is in suspended State which was elected in December last year. AAP was the second largest party after BJP in 2013 assembly election. Kejriwal's party had formed government with Congress's support but didn't last long. It didn't complete even two months in government and resigned in mid February.

(With inputs from IANS/PTI)

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