Kejriwal resigns over Janlokpal bill; sets stage for national role.


After the Jan Lokpal Bill was not allowed to be tabled in the Delhi Assembly today, Arvind Kejriwal has decided to quit as the Delhi Chief Minister. Kejriwal had warned yesterday that he would resign if the introduction of the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill was defeated when it was introduced in the Assembly.

When there was a vote in the Assembly today for introducing the said bill, 42 MLAs were against it and only 27 were for it. Addressing the house despite unending heckling by Congress and BJP members, Kejriwal was at his aggressive best, saying it was more important to fight against corruption than to run a government.

“Whether our government remains in power or not is not important,” he had said, trying to make himself heard above the din caused by sloganeering by Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party legislators. “We have come here to save the country. If we have to give up the chief minister’s post for the sake of the country, we will do it not a hundred times but a thousand times,” he had said.

On a day of dramatic developments in the Assembly lasting over four hours, the 45-year-old Chief Minister, who has had a roller coaster ride ever since he took over reins of power on December 28, last year, accused the Congress and BJP of “colluding” with each other against the Bill.

Uproarious scenes were earlier witnessed in the House on the issue of introduction of the Bill with BJP and Congress forcing the Speaker to read out the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung’s advice to the Assembly against tabling the measure since it was not in accordance with procedures laid down under the law.

After an adjournment with opposition notably BJP leader Harshavardhan and Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely demanding voting on the Lt Governor’s advice and government opposing it, Kejriwal dramatically rose to table the Jan Lokpal Bill. This attacking provoked the opposition which contended that the government had no right to introduce a Bill against Lt Governor’s advice and such step would be “unconstitutional”.

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