New Delhi: As Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal remains adamant on his stand of resigning if the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed in the ongoing Assembly session, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday told the Speaker that the ombudsman bill cannot be tabled as it has not been approved by him.
Jung’s statement comes after Kejriwal said that his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government will introduce the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Delhi Assembly on Friday.
Meanwhile, a rift appears to have emerged within AAP as party leader Ashok Agarwal wants the party to follow legal framework while introducing the bill.
The Delhi government had yesterday failed to table the bill due to repeated disruptions by the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs.
JD(U) MLA Shoaib Iqbal, whose support is critical for passage of the bill, was today quoted as saying that the bill is unconstitutional.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is adamant on passing the ombudsman bill and has even threatened to resign if bill is not cleared, said that the government did not introduce the bill on Thursday as it wanted the copy of the bill to be seen by all the Lawmakers. “We will table the Jan Lokpal Bill on Friday,” the AAP leader said.
The Law Ministry has made it clear that it was necessary to take the Centre’s consent before introducing the Bill in the Assembly .
Meanwhile, Delhi Minister and close confidante of Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia today said there will be no compromise on Jan Lokpal Bill. His tweet said:
The first day of the session specially convened to pass the anti-graft legislation saw a stormy start with BJP and Congress repeatedly disrupted the proceedings leading to the house’s adjournment by Speaker MS Dhir.
The Congress – which props up the government from outside – has opposed the bill since the AAP government did not get the central government’s nod before it is introduced in the Assembly, an IANS report said.
Kejriwal said his government was ready to extend the session for the passage of the bill. He however, retreated his stand of quitting if the bill gets stuck.
“We are ready to extend the session. We are not here to save the government. We will table the bill tomorrow. If they allow then it is okay, otherwise I will resign,” he told reporters.
The AAP leader also accused the Congress and the BJP of joining hands to paralyse the Delhi Assembly so that the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed.
“This is the first time in India both the Congress and the BJP had such a synchronized setting,” Kejriwal said.
“I don’t think this had happened in the history of India in any legislative assembly where BJP and Congress came together. They have exposed themselves,” PTI quoted Kejriwal as saying.