23 October 2019

Top India court slams failure to form government in New Delhi

KONFRONTASI-India’s top court has slammed authorities for failing to form a new government in New Delhi after the resignation of the previous government in the city more than eight months ago.

India’s Supreme Court said on Tuesday that the national capital deserved a democratically-elected government, urging authorities and political parties to resolve the ongoing standoff over the issue.

“We gave you enough time but nothing has happened so far…. The people of Delhi have a right to have a democratically-elected government and not be ruled by the president,” Chief Justice H. L. Dattu, who heads a five-judge bench, said during proceedings.

The court directed its statement at Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and the national government, which have governed the city since New Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal quit in February.

Since his shock resignation, Kejriwal has been demanding fresh elections in the national capital, a move rejected by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has the largest number of seats in the Delhi assembly.

As of yet, no exact date has been specified for the formation of a new government.

On May 16, the opposition BJP won the first majority in the Indian parliament in 30 years, beating outgoing prime minister, Manmohan Singh, and his Congress Party in national elections.

The BJP managed to secure more than the 272-seat majority required to create a national government.[mr/presstv]



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