Congress party has termed the recent Supreme Court verdicts on Maharashtra political row and Delhi government as a ‘path-breaking’ move and a ‘slap’ on the BJP which has lost both legally and morally. The party has further added that the verdicts have established the constitutional values and the democratic principles which are the bedrock of our nation.
The recent verdicts have been interpreted as a major setback for the ruling party as it was trying to manipulate the political landscape of Maharashtra and curb the powers of the elected government in Delhi. The party’s desperate attempts to cling on to power have been thwarted by the Supreme Court which has reaffirmed the principles of democracy, rule of law and the Constitution.
The Maharashtra political row had created a political crisis in the state with the BJP trying to topple the elected government of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance. Despite winning the elections, the BJP was unable to form the government and resorted to unconstitutional means to gain power. The Supreme Court verdict has not only exposed the BJP’s unconstitutional attempts but has also restored the democratic mandate of the people of Maharashtra.
Similarly, the Delhi government’s tussle with the Lieutenant Governor (LG) has been an ongoing saga with the BJP trying to curtail the powers of the elected government. The Supreme Court verdict has upheld the power of the elected government and has made it clear that the LG cannot be the sole arbiter of all decisions. The verdict has reaffirmed the principle of federalism and has recognized the unique status of the national capital.
It is clear that the recent Supreme Court verdicts have dealt a severe blow to the BJP’s attempts to subvert democracy and curb the powers of elected governments. The Congress party has hailed these verdicts as a ‘path-breaking’ move and a ‘slap’ on the BJP which has lost both legally and morally. The verdicts have reaffirmed the principles of democracy, rule of law and the Constitution and have established the supremacy of the judiciary in upholding these values.
It is now up to the ruling party to take stock of the situation and respect the democratic mandate of the people. The BJP should desist from resorting to unconstitutional means to gain power and should uphold the principles of democracy and the Constitution. The recent Supreme Court verdicts should serve as a wake-up call for the ruling party and a reminder of the need to respect the fundamental values of our nation.