Kejriwal-Centre showdown likely as AAP set to table Janlokpal Bill despite Law Ministry’s view

On Sunday, Kejriwal had threatened to resign if his pet anti-graft legislation is not passed by the state Assembly due to lack of support from other parties.

New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2014 11:39 am

Heading for a confrontation with the Centre, the Arvind Kejriwal government has declared it was going ahead with tabling of the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Delhi assembly on Thursday, ignoring Union Law Ministry’s view that the Centre’s prior approval was required.

The hardening of the AAP government’s stand came even as Congress and BJP held the move by the ruling dispensation as “unconstitutional”.

“There is no rethinking in our position. We are going ahead with tabling of the Jan Lokpal Bill,” a senior government official said tonight.

The Union Law Ministry has held that the rules governing Delhi government’s legislative business were constitutional where Centre’s consent was required before its passage. Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday had sought Law Ministry’s view on the vexed issue.

Sources in the government earlier in the day said the Jan Lokpal Bill will be tabled in the House tomorrow and there will be no rethinking on its introduction.

The Law Ministry has held that the Transaction of Business Rules (TBR) make it mandatory that the Lt Governor refer to the Centre every legislative proposal which may necessitate additional financial assistance.

The four-day session of the Assembly is being convened to pass the Jan Lokpal and Swaraj Bills. The AAP government has announced plans to hold the last day of the session at the Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been maintaining that there is no need to obtain prior approval from the Centre while BJP and Congress are of the view that clearance was necessary under Transaction of Business Rules (TBR), 2002.

A senior official said as per laid down procedure, voting for introduction of the Bill will take place and Congress and BJP will have the option of opposing tabling of the Bill.

On Sunday, Kejriwal had threatened to resign if his pet anti-graft legislation is not passed by the state Assembly due to lack of support from other parties.

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    Anil Bharali
    Feb 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm
    Now those who are talking about law of land and about consution, they have allowed lootraj and made lootraj a consutionally a"law of the land".
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    Anil Bharali
    Feb 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm
    Now those who are talking about law of land and about consution, they have allowed lootraj and made lootraj a consutionally a"law of the land".
    Reply
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    Anil Bharali
    Feb 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm
    Now those who are talking about law of land and about consution, they have allowed lootraj and made lootraj a consutionally a"law of the land".
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    Iqbal
    Feb 15, 2014 at 3:49 am
    I think in India people will be called the masters of consution if they can tear the bills in sacred parliament and emblies, break the mic, break the computer and throw chairs at each other. Wake up guys!
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    Iqbal
    Feb 15, 2014 at 3:49 am
    I think in India people will be called the masters of consution if they can tear the bills in sacred parliament and emblies, break the mic, break the computer and throw chairs at each other. Wake up guys!
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    INDIANS
    Feb 14, 2014 at 9:13 am
    :indiansvictoryparty...
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    INDIANS
    Feb 14, 2014 at 9:13 am
    :indiansvictoryparty...
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    K
    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:18 am
    Both Congress and BJP are objecting to the procedure of tabling the JanLokpal Bill, without expressing about its merits of its stringent contents to dissuade/combat corruption at any level (including the CM himself) in sharp contrast with the weak Lokpal enacted by the Centre. President of India always has the option to refuse giving his ent "finally" to the JanLokpal Bill's enactment. The w thing implies, as though these parties would object to a dreaded terrorist being caught by an "aam admi", saying this is not his job, but that of security personnel only ! It is clear, both Congress and BJP are terribly scared of the nascent AAP, its pority and its commitment to eliminate corruption, with elections fast approaching.
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