AAP plans Swaraj ahead of Jan Lokpal, Cong says no way

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has already said that he may resign, if other parties fail to support the Lokpal Bill.

New Delhi | Updated: February 11, 2014 9:43 am
Sources in the Delhi government maintained that the Swaraj Bill will be tabled on February 15 and the Jan Lokpal Bill a day later. Sources in the Delhi government maintained that the Swaraj Bill will be tabled on February 15 and the Jan Lokpal Bill a day later.

Even before the Jan Lokpal Bill is tabled in the Delhi Assembly, the Aam Aadmi Party’s Swaraj Bill may prove to be the flashpoint that will pit the AAP against the Congress, BJP and independents in the House. Both the Congress and the BJP have opposed the Swaraj Bill, which intends to decentralise power in the national capital with mohalla sabhas.

Sources in the Delhi government maintained that the Swaraj Bill will be tabled on February 15 and the Jan Lokpal Bill a day later. Incidentally, the Delhi Cabinet is expected to clear the Swaraj Bill on Tuesday after which it may be sent to Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has already said that he may resign, if other parties fail to support the Lokpal Bill. But sources in the AAP remained tight-lipped on the Swaraj Bill on Monday. “Let us see what other parties do about this. For us, this is equally important,” a party leader said.

A senior Congress functionary said the party, which supports the AAP government from the outside, was, in principle, opposed to the Swaraj Bill. “We are yet to receive a copy of this Bill for consideration, but from what we know the Bill seeks to give mohalla sabhas sweeping powers. A Bill like this requires a lot of debate, which the AAP intends to complete in one day,” the leader said.

Sources in the Congress also said the Swaraj Bill was unnecessary as the existing Bhagidari scheme intended the same. “Instead of a new Bill, the AAP could have chosen to strengthen the existing system, but their politics is all about drama,” a DPCC functionary said.

Like the Jan Lokpal Bill, the Swaraj Bill also includes financial implications.
“We have maintained that all Bills with a financial implication needs the approval of the Union government. And if the AAP government does not follow procedure, we will have to oppose it. We will never allow anything unconstitutional in Delhi,” another Congress leader said.

The Swaraj Bill intends to decentralise power by segregating the city into 2,720 mohalla sabhas, which will have functions ranging from the cleaning of roads to public vaccination and inoculation, issuing of solvency certificates, preserving heritage and even promoting compassion toward animals. The Bill also intends to do away with MLA development funds.

Even the BJP echoed the Congress’ stand on the Swaraj Bill. “This Bill (Swaraj) will cause total chaos in Delhi. We already have a municipal corporation for such work. The party cannot hope to introduce and pass such a Bill without taking views from all stakeholders,” a senior BJP leader said.

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    Onyx Cleaner
    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:30 am
    See.. I have thrived on the commission money from builders, road contractors, issuing certificates apart from my own development fund. If you cut off all the funding from my Member of Legislative embly position, then how will I reclaim all the money I spent in polls..? Then why should I even be a Member of Legislative embly.? Please be fair... Let me live and you also live.. please..
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    Onyx Cleaner
    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:30 am
    See.. I have thrived on the commission money from builders, road contractors, issuing certificates apart from my own development fund. If you cut off all the funding from my Member of Legislative embly position, then how will I reclaim all the money I spent in polls..? Then why should I even be a Member of Legislative embly.? Please be fair... Let me live and you also live.. please..
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    Brijkhanna
    Feb 11, 2014 at 12:16 am
    By your continued support to Aam Aadmi Party , you are digging deep graves for yourself but also for any other party who may come to power. By giving drastic powers to Jan lok Pal and to Mohalla Sabhas under Swaraj bill. Though apparently these bills look quite revolutionary but in case they fail in their mission, do you think you can enact a softer version. Certainly not. This shall generate a series of mive rallies for their reintroduction or to empower Mohalla Sabhas making them as superintendent of executive wings of the future government. This is the time to withdraw support before it is too late and rectify your mistake just to stop BJP to come to power.
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    Brijkhanna
    Feb 11, 2014 at 12:16 am
    By your continued support to Aam Aadmi Party , you are digging deep graves for yourself but also for any other party who may come to power. By giving drastic powers to Jan lok Pal and to Mohalla Sabhas under Swaraj bill. Though apparently these bills look quite revolutionary but in case they fail in their mission, do you think you can enact a softer version. Certainly not. This shall generate a series of mive rallies for their reintroduction or to empower Mohalla Sabhas making them as superintendent of executive wings of the future government. This is the time to withdraw support before it is too late and rectify your mistake just to stop BJP to come to power.
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    Sunil
    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:05 am
    no he said lokpal and swaraj , neither can't be ignored
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    Sunil
    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:03 am
    wrong he said Lokpal Bill and swaraj bill
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    Uttrakhandi
    Feb 11, 2014 at 10:00 am
    Worth trying, at least on pilot scale first, before rolling it out all over. That will give time to fix the bugs, if any. We have seen performances of munil corporation and other government functionaries. They may employ cleaners, sometime only on paper, gobbling up the money, and then those emplo as cleaners may hardly work. So why not try Swaraj?
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    Uttrakhandi
    Feb 11, 2014 at 10:00 am
    Worth trying, at least on pilot scale first, before rolling it out all over. That will give time to fix the bugs, if any. We have seen performances of munil corporation and other government functionaries. They may employ cleaners, sometime only on paper, gobbling up the money, and then those emplo as cleaners may hardly work. So why not try Swaraj?
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