Kejriwal reminds L-G of oath to Constitution, forgets his own

Kejriwal said it was not written in the Constitution that the Centre’s consent is needed to pass a law.

New Delhi | Published:February 8, 2014 1:40 am
At Kejriwal’s auto mahasabha in New Delhi on Friday. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey) At Kejriwal’s auto mahasabha in New Delhi on Friday. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

Slamming Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung for seeking the opinion of the Solicitor General on the constitutionality of the Jan Lokpal Bill proposed by his government, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit back Friday, reminding him that “you have taken an oath to protect the constitution, and not to be loyal to a party or the home ministry”.

Kejriwal’s attack on Jung in a strongly-worded letter came a day after the L-G sought Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran’s opinion on the constitutionality of the AAP government’s move to table the controversial bill without getting it examined by the Centre as mandated.

“I know you are under tremendous pressure from the Congress and the Union home ministry. I know they will pressure you more in the days to come… because they know that once this Bill is passed, many among them will go to jail. I know that these people will resort to selective leaks through your office to defame me and my government,” he wrote, adding “it is for you to decide whether you will be able to stand up to the pressure or not.”

“You are a good man. I am younger to you, almost your son’s age. But I would still like to give you a small advice. You have taken an oath to protect the constitution, and not to be loyal to a party or the home ministry. Don’t let the Constitution die,” he wrote.

Kejriwal’s government has said it will enact the Bill at a public venue next week. The Congress, which props up his minority government, has said it won’t support any Bill that is unconstitutional.

But the AAP government has declared it will go ahead and enact the law. It plans to introduce the Bill in the Delhi Assembly on February 13 and discuss it for two days before shifting proceedings to a stadium for passing the Bill.

Responding to Jung’s request for his opinion, Parasaran, it is learnt, has told him that the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, passed last year by Parliament, is in force and a Lokpal Bill in Delhi will be repugnant to the Central law and will require the President’s approval.

Parasaran, it is learnt, also told Jung that presenting the bill in the Assembly without the approval of the President would be unconstitutional.

But Kejriwal questioned the L-G’s urgency to get the SG’s opinion before the Bill was formally shared with him.

“I was shocked to watch this news on TV channels yesterday because a copy of the Bill was sent to you just yesterday evening. which Bill was it that you sought the SG’s opinion? You could have discussed the matter with me and I could have provided you a copy of the Bill and explained everything. But the SG’s response was directly shared with the media,” Kejriwal wrote.

On Parasaran’s view that it was necessary to get the Centre’s approval before tabling the Bill in the Assembly, Kejriwal said it was not written in the Constitution that the Centre’s consent is needed to pass a law, barring only “three issues” on which he did not elaborate.

The chief minister, in turn, described as “unconstitutional” a home ministry order that made it mandatory for the Delhi government to seek the Centre’s nod before enacting any law.

“When the Delhi Assembly’s powers have been defined in the Constitution, the home ministry’s order to curb that power is unconstitutional. What is the need to conduct elections to the Assembly if the Delhi government has to take Centre’s permission before enactment of any law,” he questioned.

Addressing a rally of auto drivers earlier in the day, Kejriwal said: “Since yesterday, TV channels are saying our Jan Lokpal Bill is unconstitutional. I want to ask whether sending corrupt people to prison is unconstitutional? The BJP, the Congress, the SG and the L-G are trying to say that corrupt people should not be sent to prison.

“To them leaders like A Raja and Suresh Kalmadi are not perceived as unconstitutional. They are saying that the Delhi Assembly cannot pass the Bill. Then why did you even elect us? The Central government is acting like angrezon ki sarkar (British rulers). Corrupt companies and corrupt media houses have come together to defame the AAP government,” he said.

Separately, TV journalist-turned-AAP leader Ashutosh called Jung a “Congress agent”. Demanding a probe into what he said was the “leak” of the communication from the Solicitor General to the L-G, Ashutosh said: “Anything that has gone to the L-G, it has become public through the media. Najeeb Jung is acting like an agent of the Congress and he is trying to malign the image of the Aam Aadmi Party government.”

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    Raju Gupta
    Feb 7, 2014 at 8:22 pm
    HaHaha..le it self is sufficient "Forgot his own"...
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      Raju Gupta
      Feb 7, 2014 at 8:22 pm
      HaHaha..le it self is sufficient "Forgot his own"...
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        AC
        Feb 7, 2014 at 8:57 pm
        what a ridiculous headline .. does sensationalism and catchy headlines have taken place of journalistic ethos in india .. "forgets his own" .. why didnt the news piece elaborate, which consutional oaths AK has forgetton .. shameful to say the least .. didnt expect this for IE :(
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          AC
          Feb 7, 2014 at 8:57 pm
          what a ridiculous headline .. does sensationalism and catchy headlines have taken place of journalistic ethos in india .. "forgets his own" .. why didnt the news piece elaborate, which consutional oaths AK has forgetton .. shameful to say the least .. didnt expect this for IE :(
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            jayvijaynarayan
            Feb 8, 2014 at 2:53 am
            the cm of delhi thinks he is the monarch of delhi, by getting few embly seats and do what even is likes and taking the people for granted. He could not take any action against somnath bharti after HLT expose. whether it is true or not he should order an enquiry if he is really a do gooder for the people of delhi. All his promises like water and energy will have its own after effects on economy, for which he is responsbile. He should abide by Justice prevailing not talk/do whatever he thinks. The congress party is keeping mum, because BJP will take advantage if they withdraw support. If the congress has guts withdraw support immediately.
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              jayvijaynarayan
              Feb 8, 2014 at 2:53 am
              the cm of delhi thinks he is the monarch of delhi, by getting few embly seats and do what even is likes and taking the people for granted. He could not take any action against somnath bharti after HLT expose. whether it is true or not he should order an enquiry if he is really a do gooder for the people of delhi. All his promises like water and energy will have its own after effects on economy, for which he is responsbile. He should abide by Justice prevailing not talk/do whatever he thinks. The congress party is keeping mum, because BJP will take advantage if they withdraw support. If the congress has guts withdraw support immediately.
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                Jagdish Jain
                Feb 8, 2014 at 1:04 am
                I think it is amazing that the Chief Minister of Delhi has to get the prior permission of the Central government to introduce a bill in the Delhi embly. If the bill is unconsutional, a court has to decide on its consutionality. I read Kejriwal's letter to Mr. Jung in Hindi; it is a very polite but firm letter on the vital issues of the consution of India.
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                  Jagdish Jain
                  Feb 8, 2014 at 1:04 am
                  I think it is amazing that the Chief Minister of Delhi has to get the prior permission of the Central government to introduce a bill in the Delhi embly. If the bill is unconsutional, a court has to decide on its consutionality. I read Kejriwal's letter to Mr. Jung in Hindi; it is a very polite but firm letter on the vital issues of the consution of India.
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                    Mahesh
                    Feb 8, 2014 at 12:32 am
                    AAP is going overborad in the quest of fighting Loksabha elections with lot of istance from Media for their theatrical moves, they seem to be behaving like a child who wants everything going his way. They are also bringing disrepute to the genuine civil society's effort in future.
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                      Mahesh
                      Feb 8, 2014 at 12:32 am
                      AAP is going overborad in the quest of fighting Loksabha elections with lot of istance from Media for their theatrical moves, they seem to be behaving like a child who wants everything going his way. They are also bringing disrepute to the genuine civil society's effort in future.
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                        Nitin
                        Feb 7, 2014 at 8:37 pm
                        hmm so ping a strong anti corruption bill becomes anti consutional?? so you implying corruption is consutional?? its strange what kind of people are hired to write in Indian Express...
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                          Nitin
                          Feb 7, 2014 at 8:37 pm
                          hmm so ping a strong anti corruption bill becomes anti consutional?? so you implying corruption is consutional?? its strange what kind of people are hired to write in Indian Express...
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                            paul
                            Feb 8, 2014 at 12:53 am
                            wide/ugly mouth, ASTOUSH, too a bhagidhari (partner)Rakhi Bidlan, Soni elected AAP MLA's soprone to speak the same filthy abusive language
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                              paul
                              Feb 8, 2014 at 12:53 am
                              wide/ugly mouth, ASTOUSH, too a bhagidhari (partner)Rakhi Bidlan, Soni elected AAP MLA's soprone to speak the same filthy abusive language
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                                lord
                                Feb 7, 2014 at 8:52 pm
                                "aam" party se pacck a hun ....har roz new controversies less focus on governance and development :( had many hopes
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                                  lord
                                  Feb 7, 2014 at 8:52 pm
                                  "aam" party se pacck a hun ....har roz new controversies less focus on governance and development :( had many hopes
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                                    samd
                                    Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 pm
                                    I feel Arvind is right here. Tabling a bill in Delhi embly should not need any go from center. If bill is ped by Delhi embly then it can go for presidential approval but how can tabling a bill also need a permission from center.Also L solicitor general should at least read the bill before saying it is unconsutional and other things. How can Solicitor General say anything about the bill without even reading it. This is just misuse of democratic insutions by Congress government for political gains. And BJP is somehow also falling in congress' trap
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                                      samd
                                      Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 pm
                                      I feel Arvind is right here. Tabling a bill in Delhi embly should not need any go from center. If bill is ped by Delhi embly then it can go for presidential approval but how can tabling a bill also need a permission from center.Also L solicitor general should at least read the bill before saying it is unconsutional and other things. How can Solicitor General say anything about the bill without even reading it. This is just misuse of democratic insutions by Congress government for political gains. And BJP is somehow also falling in congress' trap
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                                        Shyamal Ganguly
                                        Feb 8, 2014 at 3:29 am
                                        Bravo!!! Arvind Kejriwal, you are the man India needs. Raise the temperature and put the heat at the right place of the anatomy of all those people who had been faking behind the bogey of the consution. All the Gazetted officers are slaves of the DYNASTY. All the Governors of all states are working for the Parivar. Even the President is biased with his young son as a CONGRESS MP. More the chaos, better is the chance of faster changes. Do not get stuck with the status quo. Arvind you are the anarchist, we had been waiting for to expose the corrupts and bring foundational changes.
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                                          Shyamal Ganguly
                                          Feb 8, 2014 at 3:29 am
                                          Bravo!!! Arvind Kejriwal, you are the man India needs. Raise the temperature and put the heat at the right place of the anatomy of all those people who had been faking behind the bogey of the consution. All the Gazetted officers are slaves of the DYNASTY. All the Governors of all states are working for the Parivar. Even the President is biased with his young son as a CONGRESS MP. More the chaos, better is the chance of faster changes. Do not get stuck with the status quo. Arvind you are the anarchist, we had been waiting for to expose the corrupts and bring foundational changes.
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                                            Subodh Khanna
                                            Feb 8, 2014 at 7:37 am
                                            kejriwal is a cheat 420 neta
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