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.
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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.