Arvind Kejriwal claims media doing anti-AAP stories for money, says Constitution doesn’t stop CM from protesting

The tea vendor outside my house has reduced the cost of tea as cops don't ask him for 'Mahina' any more, said Kejriwal.

New Delhi | Updated: January 25, 2014 3:06 pm
The fight for new independence has begun, said Arvind Kejriwal. The fight for new independence has begun, said Arvind Kejriwal.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday assured people in Delhi that he would pass the Jan Lokpal Bill by holding a special session in Ramlila Maidan this February. He made the announcement during the Republic Day celebration at Chhatrasal stadium in the national capital.

“We will bring Jan Lokpal soon and hold a special session in Ramlila Maidan to pass it,” said Kejriwal. With this announcement, the CM further said that the fight for new independence had started and his party would work towards giving people their rights.

While blaming the political parties of not giving people the rights they deserve, Kejriwal said, “We have been denied our basic rights because of the politicians. Aam Aadmi Party will work towards giving people their rights. The fight for new independence has begun.”

The Delhi CM also left no opportunity to take credit of his anti-corruption campaign saying a tea vendor outside his house had reduced the cost of tea as the cops don’t ask for ‘Mahina’ any more.

“The tea vendor outside my house has reduced the cost of tea, he says cops don’t ask for ‘Mahina’ any more,” he said.

Arvind Kejriwal, who faced flak for his protest in the heart of the capital, also said the Constitution does not prevent the Chief Minister from holding a dharna.

“I read the Constitution, couldn’t find anywhere that a Chief Minister cannot hold ‘dharna’,” he said on criticism to his two-day dharna outside Rail Bhavan. He also charged that “the media is getting paid to do negative stories on AAP.”

Kejriwal’s statement on Jan Lokpal bill came after The Indian Express reported that AAP’s draft of the same would seek to give a maximum punishment of life imprisonment to those found guilty of corruption.

It has been learnt that the new Bill, which will officially be called Delhi Lokayukta Bill, 2014, will include separate investigation and prosecution wings. Sources said the appellate authority for decisions taken by the prosecution wing will be the High Court.

In addition, the Lokayukta will have powers to dismiss, remove and demote any government employee or a person employed by any institution that takes aid from the government fully, partially, directly or indirectly.

Sources said the Bill has been modelled on Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill but is more “aggressive and stringent”. The draft has been sent to the chief minister, who will also be accountable under the new Lokayukta.

The Bill will be taken up by the Cabinet early next week for approval.

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    Gopi Krishna
    Jan 26, 2014 at 6:54 am
    Vadivelan Sir,I appreciate your feelings and sentiments, but please scroll up and see what Mr.Asif Ahmed is saying. He has a point. Honest leaders with a conscience is not new: You might have heard of Lal Bahadur Shastri and Abraham Lincoln, and we all know what happened to them. Lets be positive, but lets also realize that "to create successful societies we need the co-operation of a large number of people" and India is a very, very large and complex society. There will be cynical people with no scruples. It is inappropriate to egg on a leader and his party from the sidelines, without taking care to see if there are safety nets and systemic mechanisms to realize all the lofty goals and ideals. We have to put things in perspective and not get carried away by emotions. We all want change, but then "Haste makes Waste". Think about it.
  2. I
    Jan 25, 2014 at 8:58 am
    Mr kejriwal talk less and work more to change the the system.Don't think about Loksabha elections too much . contest the seats where you can give reasonable fight and simply don't contest like BSP (conesting 500 seats and getting 10-25) . first give good governance in delhi and in the mean time strenthen the organisation for the next five years and this election leave it to Modi.Unless modi (NDA) gets absolute majority it is difficult for him to rule for five years if he depends on jaya,mamata and Maya.
  3. L
    Jan 25, 2014 at 9:43 am
    Our Consution doesn't stop AK from protesting but doesn't allow him to break section 144.
  4. L
    Jan 25, 2014 at 9:20 am
    Under the same consutional provisions, Law and order in Delhi is under central government, CM or any Aam Aadmi, will have to treated same way. As Kejariwal had broken section 144 in Rail Bhawan, he will have to face consequencies.
  5. S
    Jan 25, 2014 at 11:03 am
    Dont care about Dharna whether it failed or ped.... I want the anti corruption bill to be ped as soon as possible and all the corrupt deeds done by congress in delhi be shown to public to prove the honesty of AAP.
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    Suren Abreu
    Jan 25, 2014 at 8:21 am
    Why the Ramlila Maidan for ping the Bill when there is a perfectly good embly Hall?? Kejriwal should p from agitationist mode to CM mode! It is to be hoped that the Bill is not identical to the monster they had proposed which envisages the Lokpal as answerable only to itself!As far as protesting not being unconsutional, perhaps Kejriwal could recall that his oath included the promise to uphold the law of the land. Defying prohibitory orders, pitting oneself against the police in a secure zone, being unable to control the crowd as it beaks barricades and tussles with the police...not very much in keeping with that oath, now is it?
  7. V
    Jan 25, 2014 at 8:37 am
    AAP is dangerous for democracy because:1. They fight against corruption 2. They fight with police to act against prosution, drugs and ask police to be accountable 3. They don't loot money but come to streets for fighting social cause 4. They don't burn buses, attack vehicles / people or shutdown schools / shops when doing protests.5. They don't kill Sikhs and Muslims. 6. They don't give land at almost zero cost to DLF, Vadra, Adani, Ambani, Tata. 7. They don't welcome back corrupt leaders just to win a few seats and get money from robber-barons who run illegal iron ore mines
  8. V
    Jan 25, 2014 at 8:54 am
    Great going Mr.AK.. Please keep going. It is common in India that if someone honest or fight against bad guys, dirt will be thrown on them, bad guys will go to any extend to malign you. But people are with you.. we - common people - don't have a medium to voice ( like paid tvs shows u in bad light ) our opinion.. it doesn't mean that we don't believe in AAP. We are with you! All the best!!
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