'Holding Delhi Polls not in Public Interest'

The Centre on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that holding early elections after the decision of Aam Aadmi Party government to quit was not in public interest and therefore LG rule has to be imposed.

Published: 07th March 2014 07:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th March 2014 07:58 AM   |  A+A-

The Centre on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that holding early elections after the decision of Aam Aadmi Party government to quit was not in public interest and therefore LG rule has to be imposed.

Filing an affidavit, the centre contended that the AAP has erroneously proceeded on the basis that the president was bound to dissolve Delhi Assembly because there was no possibility of the formation of any other government with both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress having already expressed their unwillingness and inability in this regard.

The Centre’s response came in response to the Aam Aadmi Party petition challenging its decision to keep Delhi Assembly under suspended animation following Arvind Kejriwal’s stepping out of the government.

The Centre contended that holding elections in such a short time is not in public interest as recommended by the Lieutenant Governor.

“There were two reasons given (by LG) that the past election had been concluded in the first week of December and the government was formed only on December 28, 2013 and therefore in the circumstances it is not expedient or in the interest of the public to hold the next elections in such a short time,” the affidavit said.

“The governor further stated that in the circumstances the option of any other political party or alliance to stake a claim in the near future should not be closed,” the government said. The Centre submitted that reasons given by LG are correct, relevant and deserved acceptance particularly in the context of the fluid situation in the legislative assembly.

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