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SC issues notice to Centre as political deadlock continues in Delhi

India TV News Desk 05 Aug 2014, 18:44:28 PM IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Central government on the steps being taken to end the ongoing political deadlock in the national capital.

“Why Delhi should remain without an Assembly months after the polls?” the Apex Court observed while hearing a petition filed by Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) seeking to dissolve the Delhi Assembly.

"One party says it has no strength. Other says it has no desire. Third has no strength. Why should people suffer?" it said.

The Apex Court added that if the Centre made a statement that Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung will consider dissolving the House in two months, we will dispose the petition.

Delhi has been under President's Rule since February 17 this year after Kejriwal resigned as Chief Minister over the stalling of the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Assembly.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had emerged the single largest party after the assembly polls in December last year with 32 seats including ally Akali Dal's one MLA in the 70-member House.

BJP fell four seats short of a simple majority and had refused to form government. AAP with 28 MLAs had later formed the government with support of eight Congress MLAs. AAP's strength has also come down to 27 after expulsion of party MLA Vinod Kumar Binny.

BJP's number came down to 28 in the House in May after three of its legislators Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pervesh Verma were elected to Lok Sabha. With the resignation of three MLAs, the strength of the Assembly also went down to 67.