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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal may resign today as the Lokpal Bill was not introduced in the Assembly

By on February 14, 2014

Today, there was uproar in the assembly over the Jan Lokpal Bill. Congress and BJP leaders demanded voting for the bill, but AAP wanted further discussion for the bill. Amidst the uproar, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal introduced the Jan Lokpal Bill. After opposition from BJP and Congress, the Delhi Speaker said that the Lokpal Bill will not be introduced in the Assembly as 27 members were in favor of the Bill while 42 MLAs were against it.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal speech in the Assembly: We are new to Assembly. We had thought we’ll learn things from our seniors. Yesterday incidents in the assembly proved that nothing can be learnt. It is said by both BJP and Congress that we took an unconstitutional step with regard to Jan Lokpal Bill. There was nothing unconstitutional in the Lokpal Bill, and, I have read the constitution but there is no where written in the Constitution that the bill needs sanction from the Centre. There is match-fixing between Congress and BJP. Both parties are fooling the people of India, and are afraid if strong Jan Lokpal Bill passed then many of their ministers will be in jail. Mukesh Ambani gives donations to both BJP and Congress, and as a result, BJP and Congress did not allow introduction of bill because of FIR against Mukesh Ambani. We are not here to save our government, but to save our country. I can quit CM’s post thousand times for Jan Lokpal Bill. This is our last Assembly session.

Earlier, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has written to the Speaker of the Assembly MS Dhir saying that Jan Lokpal Bill cannot be tabled in the House as the Bill does not have my approval as well as approval from the Centre. LG further said if bill is tabled in the assembly, it will be declared unconstitutional.

Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said that there will be no compromise on the Jan Lokpal Bill. Arvind Kejriwal also said “To pass Jan Lokpal Bill in the capital, I can sacrifice the CM’s seat a hundred times. CM Arvind Kejriwal threatened that he “will go to any extent” to get the bill passed in the assembly.

Arvind kejriwal said there is nexus between Congress and BJP to disrupt the Delhi Assembly so that Jan lokpal bill is not passed. The Congress and BJP have declared that it will not support the “unconstitutional” move to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill without the Centre’s nod. Kejriwal said that BJP & Congress MLAs are united in action & intention. JD-U MLA Shoaib Iqbal and Congress MLA Haroon Yusuf called the Bill “unconstitutional”.

Meanwhile, Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily Friday said the government will not go back on its decision to hike rates from April 1. Oil Ministry will increase the natural gas price to USD 8 per million British thermal unit as against current USD 4.2 from April 1. Arvind Kejriwal said: “The hike of the price would lead to the inflation and destabilization of the economy. If the price of the gas is increased to 8 USD per mBTU, the price of transportation, electricity and fertilization will also increase.”

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