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SC criticises Centre's delaying tactics in resolving the Delhi government stalemate

Oct 28, 2014 11:27 AM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: As the standoff over the Delhi government continues, the Supreme Court on Tuesday criticised the Centre's delaying tactics in resolving the stalemate. The apex court said, "We have given enough time but nothing has happened so far."

The Centre has told the Supreme Court that it has got consent from President Pranab Mukherjee to invite the single largest party, the BJP, to form the government in the national capital.

The apex court said that people of Delhi have a right to have a government and not be under President's Rule even if the Lieutenant Governor calls the largest party to form government.

The court questioned whether any of the parties have the required numbers to form the government. The BJP has 29 MLAs, Aam Aadmi Party 27 and Congress eight in the 70-member House.

A party needs at least 36 MLAs to stake claim to form the government.

After the Arvind Kejriwal government resigned in February, Delhi has been under the President's rule which will end in another 3 months.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, "We should not be answering speculative questions. If such an invitation comes to the BJP from the Lt Governor in the future, we will give a befitting reply at the right time within the premises of the constitution of the country."

Congress leader Mukesh Sharma said, "The BJP should not get the right to form the government. This is against the democracy and if they still are given the chance to form the government, we will not support them in the vote of confidence."

Following is the timeline:

February 17: President's rule in Delhi after AAP government resigns

July 16: BJP indicates it is ready to form the government in Delhi

July 20: Delhi BJP Chief meets Rajnath Singh to discuss government formation

September 5: Delhi L-G recommends single largest party be given chance to come to power

September 6: Home Minister Rajnath Singh says there is no horse-trading in Delhi government formation

September 9: Kejriwal releases L-G's letter to President, alleges he is pro-BJP

September 9: Home Minister Rajnath Singh says Delhi L-G will decide on government formation

September 12: SC asks Centre to respond on process undertaken by L-G to form government

October 6: SC informed that decision on Delhi government formation will be taken soon

October 10: SC adjourns hearing on government formation, with Presidential nod pending

October 27: President permits L-G to invite largest party to form the government