Arvind Kejriwal’s Jan Lokpal will never get President’s assent: Sheila Dikshit

Former chief minister Sheila Dikshit said that the Delhi assembly elections were unusual and memorable.

New Delhi | Published:February 12, 2014 8:48 pm

For former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Delhi assembly election, which saw the end of her 15-year tenure, was “unusual and memorable” as people yearned for “change”.

“It was an unusual election and a memorable one. There was a desire for change. Whether that desire will be fulfilled, we’ll know in the coming days,” 75-year-old Dikshit said at a function on Wednesday.

On the standoff betwen the Congress and AAP governmenmt on Jan Lokpal Bill, former Chief Minister felt even if the Bill is passed in the Delhi Assembly, it will not get the Presidential assent. “Delhi is not a complete state. Either way the President won’t sanction it,” she said when asked about her views on the bill.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has threatened to resign if his pet anti-graft legislation is not passed by the Assembly due to lack of support from other parties. Kejriwal has refused to take clearance for the bill from the Centre while Congress and BJP have been maintaning that prior approval was necessary.

Asked whether the issue of corruption affected Congress, Dikshit shot back, “Is BJP corruption free? Narendra Modi himself is spending so much on advertising.”

The former Chief Minister was speaking at a seminar on ‘Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Is the political Landscape Changing in India?’ at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.

About Delhi Assembly polls, Dikshit said “AAP made impractical promises in poll campaign”.

Queried about Congress’ crushing defeat in the assembly polls, Dikshit said “In a democratic setup, 15 years is a big time.”

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    Ajay mittal
    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:10 pm
    Big changes such as Jan Lokpal has to be achieved in stages even if President will not sign on it.Significant & Historical Achievements (Track 1)-1) Creation of first comprehensive Delhi Jan Lok Pal bill 2) Unanimous approval of entire Delhi cabinet/govt.3) Discussion & establishment of illegality, by consutional experts, of the Central Rule requiring LG/Home ministry approval before tabling bills in Delhi embly.4) Tabling of the bill in Delhi embly (to happen)5) Vote on the bill (already BJP and Cong MLA's saying they support it if it comes through LG) (to happen)6) Actual arguments during the debate by Cong and BJP- exposing their views before the aam admi of Delhi (to happen)Track 2 achievements-1) Creation of public awareness about this historic bill2) Intense Public partition in debating this bill & in media3) Voting in a public venue (lets see if this will happen), at least the public is aware about the tug of war going on this issue with Cong/BJP resisting using all their might.4) Anna Hazare giving full support to the proposal/Jan Lok Pal bill5) Delhi CM to leave Cong support if Cong cheats it out of its earlier promise of supporting this bill. Anna Hazare's full support on this move of Delhi CM.Track 3 achievement-1)Full scale public campaign on the bill, lack of sincerity on part of Cong and BJP, on center-Delhi power equation, Delhi statehood !!!So achievements are going to be in small steps. What is Shiela Diki talking about AAP not having any achievements ??!!?? She seems to be living in another world of her own.I am aam admi, not even a registered member of AAP and I am ready to hand a gold medal to AAP. BTW, I am also an erstwhile strong supporter of BJP.
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    Ajay mittal
    Feb 13, 2014 at 7:10 pm
    Big changes such as Jan Lokpal has to be achieved in stages even if President will not sign on it.Significant & Historical Achievements (Track 1)-1) Creation of first comprehensive Delhi Jan Lok Pal bill 2) Unanimous approval of entire Delhi cabinet/govt.3) Discussion & establishment of illegality, by consutional experts, of the Central Rule requiring LG/Home ministry approval before tabling bills in Delhi embly.4) Tabling of the bill in Delhi embly (to happen)5) Vote on the bill (already BJP and Cong MLA's saying they support it if it comes through LG) (to happen)6) Actual arguments during the debate by Cong and BJP- exposing their views before the aam admi of Delhi (to happen)Track 2 achievements-1) Creation of public awareness about this historic bill2) Intense Public partition in debating this bill & in media3) Voting in a public venue (lets see if this will happen), at least the public is aware about the tug of war going on this issue with Cong/BJP resisting using all their might.4) Anna Hazare giving full support to the proposal/Jan Lok Pal bill5) Delhi CM to leave Cong support if Cong cheats it out of its earlier promise of supporting this bill. Anna Hazare's full support on this move of Delhi CM.Track 3 achievement-1)Full scale public campaign on the bill, lack of sincerity on part of Cong and BJP, on center-Delhi power equation, Delhi statehood !!!So achievements are going to be in small steps. What is Shiela Diki talking about AAP not having any achievements ??!!?? She seems to be living in another world of her own.I am aam admi, not even a registered member of AAP and I am ready to hand a gold medal to AAP. BTW, I am also an erstwhile strong supporter of BJP.
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    Ajay mittal
    Feb 12, 2014 at 5:48 pm
    These are 1st steps. President's rejection will hasten the demand for statehood of Delhi. With DDA, MCD, Police, legislation, everything out of control of Delhi, what will Delhi CM manage?
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    Ajay mittal
    Feb 12, 2014 at 5:48 pm
    These are 1st steps. President's rejection will hasten the demand for statehood of Delhi. With DDA, MCD, Police, legislation, everything out of control of Delhi, what will Delhi CM manage?
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    Archana Das
    Feb 12, 2014 at 5:52 pm
    So Sheila, you hope you will never go o jail. Only time will say if India is a nation of fool. Last year, who knew Arvind will be CM today.
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    Archana Das
    Feb 12, 2014 at 5:52 pm
    So Sheila, you hope you will never go o jail. Only time will say if India is a nation of fool. Last year, who knew Arvind will be CM today.
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    Arvind
    Feb 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm
    Looks like the President of India consults with Shiela Dixit every time he takes a decision
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    Arvind
    Feb 12, 2014 at 3:53 pm
    As if Arvind Kejariwal does not know this!He wants to keep his ball posted at President's door and hold dharana there after the bill is rejected by him.This way he is planning for National Level attention!AAP is more dangerous than Maoist or Naxalites!
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