New Delhi: In a big setback to Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, the Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected its plea over the dissolution of the Delhi Assembly and calling of fresh elections in the national capital.
Passing its order on the AAP's plea, the apex court said that it is very pleased with the developments in the national capital and stressed that it is the job of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to make arrangements for fresh elections in the state.
Stating that it won't intervene in declaration of dates for Delhi Assembly elections, the Supreme Court said, “It's up to the ECI to decide dates for polls".
The order was passed by the Constitution Bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) counsel Prashant Bhushan urged the court to direct an early election.
The Supreme Court disposed of the AAP's plea for holding fresh elections in Delhi after Centre informed it that the Legislative Assembly has been duly dissolved.
“The Election Commission will now take over,” the SC said while refusing to ask the poll panel to fix election schedule at the earliest.
Since February, when the Arvind Kejriwal-led government suddenly quit after being in power for 49 days, the Delhi Assembly has been under President’s Rule till it was dissolved recently.
The Supreme Court’s five-judge Constitution bench headed by CJI Dattu had recently pulled up the Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and the Central government for having failed to provide any breakthrough over how a new government would be put in place in the national capital.
The court had said that President's Rule cannot be imposed indefinitely in a democracy and the people had a right to an elected government.
The President recently ordered the dissolution of the 70-member Delhi Assembly on the recommendations of the Union Cabinet after all political parties expressed their inability to form a stable government here and called for fresh polls.
The decision was taken after leaders of the Bharatiya Janata party, AAP and the Congress told LG Najeeb Jung that they wanted elections to end months of political uncertainty.