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SC issues notices to Cong, BJP on AAP plea seeking Delhi re-election


–SC to next hear AAP plea on Delhi repoll Mar 31

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party seeking their stance in three weeks on the formation of a government in Delhi. The apex court issued notices to the two political parties on Aam Aadmi Party’s plea seeking fresh elections in Delhi instead of prolonging President’s Rule.

The petition will now be heard on Mar 31. The court said it will examine the matter if the lieutenant governor’s decision means Delhi will remain without an elected government for a year.

The Centre had Thursday filed an affidavit justifying the imposition of President’s Rule in Delhi instead of going in for fresh elections, saying the political situation in the capital was “fluid” and that there was a possibility of the Bharatiya Janata Party staking claim to form government.

The court today observed that “any thing is possible” in politics, referring to the fact that the Congress had supported the party who defeated its own government. The apex court had earlier issued a notice to the central government seeking its reply on that matter.

The affidavit filed by the home ministry said re-election was not in the interest of the public, and calling for another poll could have meant denying other parties a chance to form government. Seeking direction to dissolve the 5th Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi and hold fresh assembly elections, AAP had moved the Supreme Court against imposition of President’s Rule in Delhi.

It had alleged that the Congress-led central government wanted to indirectly run the Delhi government to frustrate investigation into four corruption cases lodged by the 49-day Kejriwal government. Kejriwal had resigned as chief minister on Feb 14.