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Supreme Court gives two weeks' time for BJP' and Congress' response if they can form government in Delhi together


March 31, 2014 - New Delhi

  • Supreme Court of India on Monday allowed two weeks time to Congress and BJP parties to file their response if they are willing to form a government in Delhi together.
  • The Court has took note that the Lt. Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung is not taking any decision on whether to hold Assembly elections in Delhi.
  • Delhi is under President's rule since the former Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal who belongs to the Aam Aadmi Party resigned after 49 days in power.
  • The Supreme Court is hearing a petition filed by the Aam Aadmi Party challenging the constitutional validity of the President's rule in Delhi keeping the Assembly in suspended animation.
  • Senior counsels K Parasaran and PS Patwalia appeared on behalf of Congress and BJP parties respectively.
  • The BJP and Congress earlier pleaded the Supreme Court to hear the petition after the results of general election are announced. AAP's counsel Fali S Nariman argued that both Congress and BJP were trying to buy time.
  • Additional Solicitor General KV Vishwanath who was representing central government said that the AAP plea was premature.
  • Supreme Court bench Justices RM Lodha and Kurisn Joseph
  • AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal met Lt. Governor Jung and requested him to conduct fresh elections dissolving the Assembly.
  • The next hearing is scheduled on April 17.

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