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Delhi Assembly passes Jan Lokpal Bill, Kejriwal calls it a ‘historic moment’

Anti-corruption bill passed after incorporating changes suggested by Hazare; Kejriwal hails ‘historic’ moment.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 5, 2015 1:52 am
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The Delhi Janlokpal Bill, 2015, was passed by the assembly Friday, after incorporating two amendments suggested by activist Anna Hazare.
The anti-corruption bill was passed with 64 votes in the 70-member Delhi Assembly. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed his gratitude towards former colleagues Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi.

Kejriwal, Bhushan and Bedi were all prominent members of a movement by India Against Corruption, spearheaded by Hazare, to demand a stringent anti-corruption bill.

Hailing the passing of the bill as “historic”, Kejriwal spoke about the movement, the formation of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its 49-day first stint in the government.

The AAP convenor also lauded the efforts of all leaders and volunteers who were a part of the Janlokpal movement.

“This law is not our law. This is the law of the people of this country. When they saw that the Lokpal bill was not being passed, they gave us 28 seats. When they realised that the bill was not getting passed even with 28 seats, they gave us 67 seats,” said Kejriwal.

Reacting to the concerns about Janlokpal’s jurisdiction extending to central government employees, ministers and Delhi Police, Kejriwal said.

The country’s Constitution gives Delhi government this responsibility…. if there is any corruption within the boundaries of the capital the responsibility of curbing corruption lies with the Delhi government”.

“We have been given this responsibility by the Constitution and we are going to try our best to meet it,” he said.

BJP MLA and Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta moved 10 amendments in the Janlokpal Bill.

These included changes in the Janlokpal chairperson’s appointment processes, the qualification needed to become a Janlokpal member and removal of the chairperson or members of Janlokpal, among others. These amendments were rejected in the assembly.

The two suggestions by Hazare, incorporated in the Bill, pertain to the composition of the selection committee for the appointment of the Janlokpal chairperson and its members, and the process to remove them.

The selection committee will comprise three additional members including one more high court judge and an eminent person.

The impeachment process for the Janlokpal’s removal will take place only after a probe, ordered by high court, looks into the allegations against the anti-corruption ombudsman.

Democracy crippled, says Pushkar
Dissident AAP MLA from Timarpur Pankaj Pushkar Friday alleged democracy was being crippled after he was denied permission to address the assembly. “While I was trying to register my protest with full civility, I was suppressed,” he said.
“Why am I not allowed to speak even for a minute in the assembly,” he said.

 

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    govinder dhaliwal
    Mar 25, 2017 at 6:02 pm
    Impressive achievements of AAP in Dehi.Had these been repeated during Punjab elections conving.AAP would gained a lot. lt;br/gt;Negativity about others didn't help. A focus on positive agenda was lacking and it paid for this heavily. lt;br/gt;A good lesson to learn.
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      Sujit Jadhav
      Feb 24, 2017 at 8:43 pm
      The only party trustworthy in INDIA at present is AAP. Its the best option.
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        Abhinav Gour
        Oct 31, 2016 at 10:35 am
        Pushkar u were elected on a asp ticket u just have to support it or else it means u were part of the opposition u just joined aap to get elected or else u wouldnt have been there so just shut up
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          Nandita
          Feb 9, 2016 at 8:51 am
          AAP supporters hopefully know that Janlokpal Bill has been ped more than 20 years ago in most big states such as Karnataka. Karnataka has arguable one the best Janlokpal Bills in the country framed by the late CM RK Hegde.
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            Rakesh Roshan
            Sep 5, 2016 at 5:56 am
            do you know Dr Narang family's statement? they refused to meet anybody. check news
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