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Why should elected legislators sit at home: Supreme Court on Delhi Deadlock?

India TV News Desk 05 Aug 2014, 19:03:25 PM IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today asked the union government to come up with a solution as soon as possible with regard to the ongoing deadlock on government formation in Delhi.

A five judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court wondered why the elected legislators were being made to sit at home without any work.

 “We are not looking at political party before us. We are looking at the Delhi citizen's point of view...he may say he has elected a representative and he is drawing salary from taxpayers' money and sitting idle" quipped the SC bench.
Delhi has been under President's rule for the past six months now. The SC was hearing a petition filed by Aam Admi Party on holding Delhi elections.

"One party says it has no strength. Other says it has no desire. Third has no strength. In a situation like this why should people suffer?" the bench questioned the Centre.

The judges added that if the Centre made a statement "that the Lieutenant Governor will consider dissolving the house in two months, we will dispose the petition."

The National Capital has been under President's rule since February, when Arvind Kejriwal quit as Chief Minister after Jan Lokpal Bill was not passed.
"Our opinion is why should it go with suspended animation and elected representatives sit at home without any work? And why should people suffer?" the court questioned the Centre.
Aam Admi Party had ran a government in Delhi for 49 days with outside support of the Congress. AAP had won 29 out of 70 assembly constituencies.

The central government told the court today that it was trying  to ensure that people's mandate doesn't go wasted in six months."

The court responded by saying, "What sort of endeavor can you make when both the parties are not interested in forming the government?”