Sunday, June 23, 2024

Roadmap for Delhi


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THE Supreme Court has asked the Centre to get back to it with the outcome of political deliberations on the formation of the government in Delhi. This coincides with the Aam Aadmi party releasing videos showing that the BJP is trying to buy over its legislators. The Supreme Court can of course only prompt the Centre to kickstart the process of government formation in the state of Delhi as it is a political and legislative process. It is anyway time to take action effectively. Last year the Delhi Assembly elections resulted in a fractured verdict. Neither the BJP nor the AAP won an absolute majority. The BJP with 31 MLAs refused to form the government though it was the single majority party. Eventually, the AAP took the reins with support from the Congress. The government stepped down after 49 days of sniping and street politics. All three parties declined to budge from their positions. Two parties sinking their differences in a coalition government appeared to be impossible.  From the day it took office, the government proved unviable. A tie-up between two parties now looks far from possible. The result  seems to be rank horse-trading.
All things considered, there does not appear to be an alternative to holding a fresh election. In that event, it can be hoped that voters will deliver a decisive verdict ruling out a hung assembly. The BJP rules at the Centre and should be well aware of the importance of Delhi state on the political map of India. Following its massive victory in the Parliamentary elections, the party may be expected to do better in the assembly elections to be held this year. It should not make haste to form a government in Delhi resorting to unfair means.  That will put the BJP in an unfavourable position and undermine its high profile at the Centre.


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