SC pulls up LG, Centre for delay in Move for Govt Formation


New Delhi, Oct 28: The Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up Delhi lieutenant governor and the Centre for delay in the decision on formation of government in Delhi, citing President rule cannot go on forever in a democracy.

"Delhi lieutenant governor should have taken decision on government formation at the earliest and should not have taken five months time," the apex court said today.

"In a democracy, President's Rule cannot go on forever. Have given enough time, nothing has happened. People of Delhi have the right to a government," the Court said.

The court also questioned, "Suppose lieutenant governor is going to invite the largest party (BJP). Are they in a position to form the government?"

The court said, "our understanding was to give time to the lieutenant governor to decide. If you had told us that we cannot take decision, we may have heard the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) petition and decided the matter either way".

"With greatest respect at our command we feel the government should have taken the decision earlier. All of us know that the matter is pending before the court and time has been given to decide", the court said.

It can be said that BJP is the single-largest party in the Delhi polls last year, yet falls short of majority in the assembly to form the government.

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