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Cong, BJP join hands against AAP

New Delhi, March 31: The Congress and the BJP were today on the same side in the Supreme Court seeking adjournment of the hearing on the Aam Aadmi Party’s petition challenging the imposition of President’s rule in Delhi after Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation.

The apex court gave the two parties two weeks to respond on whether an alternative government could be formed in Delhi.

Justices R.M. Lodha and Kurien Joseph had initially mulled asking the lieutenant-governor to “reconsider” his decision to keep the Delhi Assembly under suspended animation.

“There are legal issues involved. We will have to decide it. We will ask the LG to reconsider the decision, because the issue cannot be in limbo. Let the LG decide,” Justice Lodha, heading the bench, told senior counsel K. Parasaran and P.S. Patwalia who appeared for the Congress and the BJP.

Both lawyers, standing side by side, urged the court not to pass any order before the results of the upcoming national elections were out. “Your Lordships may not pass any order. All the leaders are busy with the elections in different parts of the country. The matter may be adjourned till May 16. We are awaiting the results. Once the results are out, the situation will be clear,” Patwalia told the bench. Parasaran endorsed the BJP counsel’s view.

Senior counsel Fali Nariman, appearing for the AAP, insisted that the matter could not be adjourned till May.

The court later adjourned the matter to April 17.