Arvind Kejriwal cannot table Jan Lokpal Bill, writes L-G Jung to Speaker; CM may resign today

Kejriwal said the AAP government was ready to extend the session by a few days beyond Feb 16 to try and ensure passage of the bill.

New Delhi | Updated: February 14, 2014 1:43 pm
Our first priority is the Lokpal Bill, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand) Our first priority is the Lokpal Bill, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said. (IE Photo: Oinam Anand)

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday advised the Delhi Assembly Speaker against allowing tabling of the Jan  Lokpal Bill by the Aam Aadmi Party government, which said it will not revisit the issue.

Jung said the bill doesn’t have the required clearance for introduction in the House.  In a letter to Assembly Speaker M S Dhir, the LG said the AAP government did not go through the laid down procedures in getting approval for tabling of the bill and as custodian of  the House he should consider these aspects while dealing with
the issue.

Top sources said crux of Jung’s letter was that the Speaker should not allow tabling of the bill. Immediately after Lt Governor’s letter to Dhir, sources in the AAP government said they will not “revisit” the decision to table the bill.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had last night renewed his threat of resigning if the proposed legislation was defeated by Congress and BJP.

“We are ready to extend the session. We are not here to save the government. We will table the bill tomorrow. If they allow then it is okay, otherwise I will resign,” he said.

In his letter to Dhir, Jung has indicated that tabling the bill without his concurrence will be unconstitutional.

Kejriwal has been maintaining that there was no need to obtain prior approval from the Centre or Lt Governor to table the bill while BJP and Congress are of the view that clearance was necessary under Transaction of Business Rules (TBR), 2002.

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

The four-day session of the Assembly, which began yesterday, has been convened to pass the Jan Lokpal and Swaraj Bills.

In a related development, a petition was filed in the Delhi High Court challenging the rule that Delhi government has to get clearance from L-G before tabling a bill. The plea will be heard today after 12.

Yesterday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said his government plans to introduce the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Assembly on Friday and renewed his threat of resigning if the proposed legislation was defeated by Congress and BJP.

He said the AAP government was ready to extend the session by a few days beyond February 16 to try and ensure passage of the bill but he will have no option but to quit if it was defeated.

When asked whether he may quit if the Bill was not allowed to be tabled, Kejriwal said in that case government will try to introduce in the next few days and may even go for extending the session.

“We are ready to extend the session. We are not here to save the government. We will table the bill tomorrow. If they allow then it is okay, otherwise I will resign,” he told reporters.

“We are committed to Jan Lokpal Bill and Swaraj Bill and I am ready to sacrifice CM’s chair 100 times to remove corruption from India,” he said.

Kejriwal also said it may not be possible to hold a session of the assembly at a large stadium on Sunday as planned earlier.

He also accused Congress and BJP of joining hands in not allowing the assembly to transact business demanding resignation of Law Minister Somnath Bharti’s alleged role in a raid episode in South Delhi.

“I don’t think this had happened in the history of India in any legislative assembly where BJP and Congress came together. They have exposed themselves,” said Kejriwal.

“The way they were charging at me, I thought they were coming to beat me up. They broke the mike in front of my seat and tore papers. They also broke speaker’s two mikes. Similar things happened in the Parliament today. I was thinking is it democracy. This is anything but democracy,” he said.

The first day of a special session of Assembly witnessed unprecedented chaotic scenes as BJP and Congress MLAs joined hands in disrupting proceedings by throwing files, destroying mikes, flagging banners and trooping to the well demanding Bharti’s resignation.

“We were ready for a discussion on the issue relating to Bharti. When we agreed to that they asked Bharti’s resignation. Basically they were changing their goal posts,” the chief minister said. (With PTI inputs)

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    Avirr
    Feb 14, 2014 at 6:59 am
    New name for AAP = Akela Annadi Popat 1) Corruption charges on sheela n vadra -- BJP is wrong. Give me proof 2) Court verdict on Somnath Bharti ---Court judgement is wrong. Bharti is innocent 3) Binny's rebellion : Binny is wrong. We have fulfilled all promises !! 4) Harment of innocent Uan girls, terming them pr@sutes and forcing them for ()rine test : Police is wrong. Somnath Bharti did right. Policemen who objected should resign !! Kujliwal is Raja Harishchandra of Kalyug. LOL''
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      Avirr
      Feb 14, 2014 at 6:59 am
      New name for AAP = Akela Annadi Popat 1) Corruption charges on sheela n vadra -- BJP is wrong. Give me proof 2) Court verdict on Somnath Bharti ---Court judgement is wrong. Bharti is innocent 3) Binny's rebellion : Binny is wrong. We have fulfilled all promises !! 4) Harment of innocent Uan girls, terming them pr@sutes and forcing them for ()rine test : Police is wrong. Somnath Bharti did right. Policemen who objected should resign !! Kujliwal is Raja Harishchandra of Kalyug. LOL''
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        TIHARwale
        Feb 14, 2014 at 7:04 am
        Hope Arvind Kejriwal Sticks to his word and quit today itself. Let voters of Delhi and India decide whether they want chaos or rule of law. Already voters of Delhi have realised electing this man was not a correct decision and for sure Governance is not one of the strong points of AAP ideology.
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          TIHARwale
          Feb 14, 2014 at 7:04 am
          Hope Arvind Kejriwal Sticks to his word and quit today itself. Let voters of Delhi and India decide whether they want chaos or rule of law. Already voters of Delhi have realised electing this man was not a correct decision and for sure Governance is not one of the strong points of AAP ideology.
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            Praveen
            Feb 14, 2014 at 7:31 am
            Even though I like Kejriwal although not his party but I don't know how much this bill will help in fight against corruption. Even if it does than also a person's pority cannot be a certificate for byping consutional obligations and democratic mechanisms. There are a lot of issues for which people want solutions but its a slow and hard fight.
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              Praveen
              Feb 14, 2014 at 7:31 am
              Even though I like Kejriwal although not his party but I don't know how much this bill will help in fight against corruption. Even if it does than also a person's pority cannot be a certificate for byping consutional obligations and democratic mechanisms. There are a lot of issues for which people want solutions but its a slow and hard fight.
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                gdfgdfg
                Feb 14, 2014 at 7:21 am
                We are waiting to Kejariwal go soon, Delay mean loss to Nation.. Never come again
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                  gdfgdfg
                  Feb 14, 2014 at 7:21 am
                  We are waiting to Kejariwal go soon, Delay mean loss to Nation.. Never come again
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                    Madan Mohan Gupta
                    Feb 14, 2014 at 9:59 am
                    KEJRIWAL JI INSTEAD OF RESIGNING SOMETIMES IT IS BETTER TO MOVE ONE STEP BEHIND
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                      Hari Shankar
                      Feb 14, 2014 at 8:27 am
                      AK is set on collision course to facilitate his early departure from CM's post. He never expected to land it, and it is beyond his grade to deliver good administration as CM. Sooner his departure, the better it would be for National Politics.
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                        Hari Shankar
                        Feb 14, 2014 at 8:27 am
                        AK is set on collision course to facilitate his early departure from CM's post. He never expected to land it, and it is beyond his grade to deliver good administration as CM. Sooner his departure, the better it would be for National Politics.
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                          Harish
                          Feb 14, 2014 at 8:11 am
                          AK is trying to promote their AAP party through the LOK Pal bill agenda because he has done nothing for the common people of the Delhi. Only creating the drama all around the people. Please he should get out, we have had enough excuses.
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                            Harish
                            Feb 14, 2014 at 8:11 am
                            AK is trying to promote their AAP party through the LOK Pal bill agenda because he has done nothing for the common people of the Delhi. Only creating the drama all around the people. Please he should get out, we have had enough excuses.
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                              Hemen Parekh
                              Feb 15, 2014 at 5:24 am
                              A Tale of Two Houses* DELHI VIDHAAN SABHA :Even though, with their combined strength of 42 ( in ahouse of 70 MLAs ), Congress BJP could have easily defeated the Jan LokPalBill after debate , they did not allow the bill to be tabledThese MLAs shouted , broke mike , tore up papers - norallowed Kejriwal to speak for past 2 daysAs promised earlier , Kejriwal resigned as CM and said," I did not become CM to hold onto my chair at thecost of my promises to people "* LOK SABHA :Even though,- UPA governmenthad numerical majority- BJP claimed tobe supporting a separate state of Telangana ,Congress MPs ( both , pro-Telengana and anti-Telengana), did not allow Telengana Bill to be discussedThey shouted , broke mike , tore up papers , sprablack pepper powder and did not allow anyone else to speak , for past 3 daysPretending helplessness , PM Man Mohan Singh watched thetamasha of his own MPs in silence , muttering , " I am pained " !But he would not resignWhat did he leave unsaid ?" I willhold onto my chair. Who cares for principles ! "PEOPLE OF INDIA :Again and again , you have watched in silence , themoral depravation of UPA , over the past 5 yearsThese people claim to be " Moral Successors "of late Railway Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri , who resigned , taking moralresponsibility for a train accident !Oh , what a fall was there , my Countrymen !Again and again , you have watched with sheer , silentdisgust , the shameless collusion of BJP , desperately trying to come back topower , using means , fair or foul !These people claim to be moral heirs to the legacy ofstalwarts like Pandit Deen Dayal , Jai Prakash Narayan and Morarji Desai , forwhom principles were more important than power !But , now at least , it is no more a question of havingto choose between the " lesser ofthe two evils " !In April , at many polling booths , you will have analternative in a AAP candidateWhen you look at those names - and party symbols - onthat EVM ( Electronic Voting Machine ) , two months from now , remember ,- YOU WILL GET WHO YOU DESERVE TO GET !Before pushing that button , ask yourself ," Who ( which candidate ) do I deserve ? "And , if you find none , push that NOTA button ( Noneof the above )For another 5 years , this will be your only chance toexpress your ANGER , in a manner that will count !* hemen parekh ( 15 Feb 2014 / Mumbai )
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                                Mahi Kumari
                                Feb 14, 2014 at 6:30 am
                                AAP's Somnath Bharati who found tampering of evidence by court. Illegally raided African women house in night, molested her forced her to urinate in public and a spammer involved in cyber crime, used to run a pron site should resign & go.
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                                  Mahi Kumari
                                  Feb 14, 2014 at 6:30 am
                                  AAP's Somnath Bharati who found tampering of evidence by court. Illegally raided African women house in night, molested her forced her to urinate in public and a spammer involved in cyber crime, used to run a pron site should resign & go.
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                                    Mahi Kumari
                                    Feb 14, 2014 at 6:30 am
                                    AK is making joke over democracy, he should stop his non-seance with Delhi people, in congress regime people never suffer from these problems, now AK should resign immediately.
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                                      Mahi Kumari
                                      Feb 14, 2014 at 6:30 am
                                      AK is making joke over democracy, he should stop his non-seance with Delhi people, in congress regime people never suffer from these problems, now AK should resign immediately.
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                                        Mahi Kumari
                                        Feb 14, 2014 at 6:30 am
                                        AK said he will get Lokpal ped at any cost. Why doesn't he get it ped... All he needs to do is sack Somnath Bharti, route the Lokpal bill in acceptable way. Kejri has failed and is attempting to make himself as martyr on cost of Lokpal.
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                                          Mahi Kumari
                                          Feb 14, 2014 at 6:30 am
                                          AK said he will get Lokpal ped at any cost. Why doesn't he get it ped... All he needs to do is sack Somnath Bharti, route the Lokpal bill in acceptable way. Kejri has failed and is attempting to make himself as martyr on cost of Lokpal.
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                                            Mahi Kumari
                                            Feb 14, 2014 at 6:30 am
                                            AK's decision on resigning today will be strictly based on weather he can keep government bungalow if he resign. Its little smaller than what he asked for but he likes it. Please help him get the answer for this or make his exit painless.
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