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No permanent enemy, friend in politics: SC

PTI  New Delhi, March 07, 2014
First Published: 19:47 IST(7/3/2014) | Last Updated: 19:48 IST(7/3/2014)

The formation of Aam Aadmi Party government with the support of Congress which joined hands with BJP in opposing Arvind Kejriwal regime on jan lokpal bill demonstrates that there is no permanent enemy or friend in politics, the Supreme Court observed on Friday.


"In India the situation can change. The same party can support and the same party can oppose," a bench comprising justices RM Lodha and NV Ramana said during the hearing on the petition by AAP challenging the imposition of President's rule in Delhi.

Further, there could be a party which is supporting the other in one state and opposing in other states, it said and added that "in Delhi, the candidate who defeated the sitting chief minister got support of her party to form the government."

"And when the party in power came out with the jan lokpal bill, the Congress which was supporting it joined hands with its rival BJP and did not allow it to place it in the assembly," the bench said while deliberating on the scenario that may have made the Lt Governor to recommend keeping the assembly under suspended animation.

"Today's enemy can be a tomorrow's friend and can be a best friend," the bench said adding that "in politics enemies are not permanent".

The bench referred to the sequence of events leading to the formation of AAP government and its debacle after 48 days and said "all of them supported each other".

"BJP, the main opposition in the Assembly supported Congress and Congress supported BJP when the AAP government came out with the jan lokpal bill," the bench observed.

The bench said two things clearly emerged from the Delhi episode that "nothing is impossible" and "if two parties do not meet on one platform there is possibility they can meet on some other platform and jan lokpal bill allowed BJP and Congress to join hands and it was not placed."

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