Arvind Kejriwal resigns as Delhi Chief Minister, hands over resignation letter to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung

AAP leader Yogendra Yadav has said that the possibility of Kejriwal's resignation cannot be ruled out.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 14, 2014 11:10 pm
Arvind Kejriwal has decided to resign as Delhi Chief Minister as his Jan Lokpal Bill was blocked from being tabled in the Assembly. Arvind Kejriwal decided to resign as Delhi Chief Minister as his Jan Lokpal Bill was blocked from being tabled in the Assembly.

10:03 pm: Arvind Kejriwal hands over resignation to L-G

9:55 pm: Arvind Kejriwal reaches L-G’s residence to hand over resignation

8.37 pm: I will not follow what the Centre says, I will follow what the Constitution says: Arvind Kejriwal

8.35 pm: The Centre thinks it is some British government, and Delhi Lt Governor feels he is some viceroy, says Kejriwal.

8.31 pm: The BJP and the Congress have shamed the Delhi Assembly and Parliament, says Kejriwal.

8.30 pm: Arvind Kejriwal announces the resignation of AAP government in Delhi, says he will meet Lt Governor Najeeb Jung shortly and ask for the state Assembly to be dissolved.

8.27 pm: The Congress and the BJP didn’t let us table the Jan Lokpal bill because we filed FIR against Mukesh Ambani, says Kejriwal.

8.26 pm: The Congress and the BJP joined hands for the first time in the history of the country, says Kejriwal.

8.25 pm: Arvind Kejriwal addresses supporters at AAP headquarters.

8.05 pm: Arvind Kejriwal is expected to announce his resignation as the Chief Minister of Delhi shortly.

6.55 pm: Kejriwal must stop making false allegations, says Harsh Vardhan.

6.53 pm: Harsh Vardhan accuses Kejriwal of trying to benefit power supply firms owned by Ambani.

6.34 pm: Kejriwal alleges that Mukesh Ambani gives donations to both BJP and Congress, therefore, they did not dare to file FIR against them. “BJP and Congress did not allow introduction of bill because of FIR against Mukesh Ambani,” says Kejriwal.

6.32 pm: Kejriwal says he is willing to sacrifice his life for the sake of Constitution.

6.31 pm: “It is being said that we took an unconstitutional step with regard to Jan Lokpal Bill, it was said that we need Centre’s nod for it…but I read the whole Constitution and found that there is no such norm in it,” says Kejriwal.

6.27 pm: Kejriwal asks Assembly members to stop disruptions and introspect.

6.21 pm: Kejriwal’s speech interrupted by several members of the Assembly, including BJP’s Harsh Vardhan.

6.15 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal speaks in the Assembly. At the onset of his address, Kejriwal says he may use some “harsh words”.

6.10 pm: Supporters gather at AAP headquarters in large numbers. There is a popular demand for Kejriwal’s resignation at the party office.

5.45 pm: AAP leader Yogendra Yadav says the possibility of resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal cannot be ruled out. He, however, added that a final decision can only be taken after a meeting of AAP leadership, adding that Kejriwal had already made his stand on the issue clear.

5.18 pm: BJP says that the Congress was rightly punished by the people of Delhi in the Assembly elections.

5.04 pm: Aam Aadmi Party’s proposal for introduction of Jan Lokpal Bill struck down.

4.54 pm: Speaker clarifies that Jan Lokpal Bill has not been tabled

4:46 pm: BJP accuses Speaker of bias, demands no-confidence motion

4:45 pm: BJP leader Harsh Vardhan says L-G’s letter an order, not a message

4:42 pm: Leader of the opposition reads of L-G’s letter in the House

4:40 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says since the Jan Lokpal Bill is now tabled, its time for debate

4:35 pm: Congress leader Arvind Singh Lovely says tabling of the Jan Lokpal Bill is null and void

Defying Lt Governor’s advice, the AAP Government on Friday tabled the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Delhi Assembly amidst stiff protests from BJP and Congress members triggering an uproar and forcing adjournment of the House.

Amidst chaos following opposition demands for voting on the LG’s advice to the Assembly against introduction of the Bill without following constitutional procedures, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal got up to say he was tabling the Bill.

Trouble broke out immediately with BJP and Congress members opposing the government’s move and shouted slogans saying the government cannot violate the Constitution.

As arguments continued, Speaker M S Dhir announced that he was allowing tabling of the Bill and wanted discussion at the introduction stage.

However, the opposition members rushed to the well protesting against the Speaker’s decision resulting in chaos and forcing the Chair to adjourn the House for 30 minutes, the second in the afternoon.

Here are the highlights of the proceedings of the house

3:50 pm: Furore after Arvind Kejriwal tables Jan Lokpal Bill, House adjourned for 30 minutes

3:45 pm: AAP tables Jan Lokpal Bill, calls for discussion

3:40 pm: AAP demands discussion over L-G’s letter before voting

3:35 pm: Speaker reads L-G’s letter aloud in House

3:28 pm: Congress, BJP MLAs ask for vote on L-G’s letter, hold up copies

2:55 pm: Delhi Assembly adjourned for 20 minutes, Speaker calls for all-party meeting in his chamber

2:50 pm: Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely says they support the Bill, but it should be brought in a constitutional manner

2:45 pm: Congress, BJP MLAs disrupt proceedings; Congress MLA enters Well in Delhi Assembly

2:42 pm: BJP demands disclosure of L-G’s letter to the house,  no discussion on Bill if L-G’s letter says so

2:40 pm: Both BJP and Congress object to tabling of the Jan Lokpal Bill as they had not been given a copy of the preview

2:38 pm: BJP issues notice for censure motion against Somnath Bharti

2:35 pm: BJP leader Harsh Vardhan says Lokayukta Bill was passed during BJP’s tenure

2:30 pm- BJP says issue of law minister Somnath Bharti serious, action should be taken against him

2:20 pm– Harsh Vardhan says the Assembly cannot function if a minister indulges in improper conduct.

2:17 pm– BJP leader Harsh Vardhan questions the conduct of AAP minister, urging the speaker to act against him.

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First Published on: February 14, 2014 2:24 pm
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    s vasudevan
    Feb 14, 2014 at 3:23 pm
    Tthe crusade against corruption is commendable but indiscriminately calling everyone a thief without a valid proof is schoolboyish.arvind kejriwal and his team are eseentially delhi haryana up based and have no exposure to the rest of india.they think that anyone from states other than delhi haryan and up are not indians they mock at nurses from kerala who are renowned worldwide as angels of mercy.the law minister is so undignified that he asks journalists how much money they got from modi.cheap s..he is belmishing the name of delhiites.i am happy that their gunda raj is ending with the resignation announced by kejriwal
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      s vasudevan
      Feb 14, 2014 at 3:23 pm
      Tthe crusade against corruption is commendable but indiscriminately calling everyone a thief without a valid proof is schoolboyish.arvind kejriwal and his team are eseentially delhi haryana up based and have no exposure to the rest of india.they think that anyone from states other than delhi haryan and up are not indians they mock at nurses from kerala who are renowned worldwide as angels of mercy.the law minister is so undignified that he asks journalists how much money they got from modi.cheap s..he is belmishing the name of delhiites.i am happy that their gunda raj is ending with the resignation announced by kejriwal
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        s vasudevan
        Feb 14, 2014 at 3:23 pm
        Tthe crusade against corruption is commendable but indiscriminately calling everyone a thief without a valid proof is schoolboyish.arvind kejriwal and his team are eseentially delhi haryana up based and have no exposure to the rest of india.they think that anyone from states other than delhi haryan and up are not indians they mock at nurses from kerala who are renowned worldwide as angels of mercy.the law minister is so undignified that he asks journalists how much money they got from modi.cheap s..he is belmishing the name of delhiites.i am happy that their gunda raj is ending with the resignation announced by kejriwal
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          eHero
          Feb 14, 2014 at 3:27 pm
          The Congress and the BJP joined hands for the first time in the history of the country, says Kejriwal.But you said they were always together. Make up your mind, first time or as-usual.Also, you said that protest does not do anything, so you will step into politics. Now politics doesn't work, now what? Tomorrow you will want Lok Sabha... if that doesnt work, then what?Governance is a nasty, long drawn, slow process. Revolutions can only make more middle eastern bloodbaths.
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            eHero
            Feb 14, 2014 at 3:27 pm
            The Congress and the BJP joined hands for the first time in the history of the country, says Kejriwal.But you said they were always together. Make up your mind, first time or as-usual.Also, you said that protest does not do anything, so you will step into politics. Now politics doesn't work, now what? Tomorrow you will want Lok Sabha... if that doesnt work, then what?Governance is a nasty, long drawn, slow process. Revolutions can only make more middle eastern bloodbaths.
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              eHero
              Feb 14, 2014 at 3:27 pm
              The Congress and the BJP joined hands for the first time in the history of the country, says Kejriwal.But you said they were always together. Make up your mind, first time or as-usual.Also, you said that protest does not do anything, so you will step into politics. Now politics doesn't work, now what? Tomorrow you will want Lok Sabha... if that doesnt work, then what?Governance is a nasty, long drawn, slow process. Revolutions can only make more middle eastern bloodbaths.
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                1oldbeamer
                Feb 14, 2014 at 4:45 pm
                Not!!!
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                  1oldbeamer
                  Feb 14, 2014 at 4:45 pm
                  Not!!!
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                    Sri
                    Feb 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm
                    At least they are willing to give up the power for doing something that they believe in. Will the corrupt Congress or BJP give up their power for the common man's cause? The truth is both the BJP and the Congress cannot afford to have such a strong bill ped before the election..
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                      Sri
                      Feb 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm
                      At least they are willing to give up the power for doing something that they believe in. Will the corrupt Congress or BJP give up their power for the common man's cause? The truth is both the BJP and the Congress cannot afford to have such a strong bill ped before the election..
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                        pranay jain
                        Feb 14, 2014 at 3:09 pm
                        you struggled for such a long time for this party..made big promises..you will do this..you will do that..got tired so soon?
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                          pranay jain
                          Feb 14, 2014 at 3:09 pm
                          you struggled for such a long time for this party..made big promises..you will do this..you will do that..got tired so soon?
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                            pranay jain
                            Feb 14, 2014 at 3:09 pm
                            you struggled for such a long time for this party..made big promises..you will do this..you will do that..got tired so soon?
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                              Ani Kerala
                              Feb 14, 2014 at 6:38 pm
                              Broken AAP - CON govt.. A failed Love story on Valentin's day..
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                                Ani Kerala
                                Feb 14, 2014 at 6:38 pm
                                Broken AAP - CON govt.. A failed Love story on Valentin's day..
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                                  Ani Kerala
                                  Feb 15, 2014 at 4:03 am
                                  The newly married couple Congress & AAP enjo their honeymoon by promising delivery of "Jokpal baby" and now committed abortion of the baby for applying divorce peion.. Where is our jokpal baby ?? Where is our jokpal baby ?? AAP married Congress at 'raamleela kalyan mandap' by conducting fake sms poll, then why didn't they took SMS poll before divorcing ??Broken AAP-CON govt.. A failed Love story on Valentin's day....
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                                    rahul
                                    Feb 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm
                                    Shameful act by Aravind Kejriwal. Never consult BJP and congress MLAs for building up a concensous on any issue in the last 48 days. Are BJP and congress MLAs are roadside animals? Do not they have minimum right? You dont care LG fine, dont care consution fine, but not even the members of your embly. Who are you? People of Delhi voted for BJP and congress too.
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                                      rahul
                                      Feb 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm
                                      Shameful act by Aravind Kejriwal. Never consult BJP and congress MLAs for building up a concensous on any issue in the last 48 days. Are BJP and congress MLAs are roadside animals? Do not they have minimum right? You dont care LG fine, dont care consution fine, but not even the members of your embly. Who are you? People of Delhi voted for BJP and congress too.
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                                        Anoop Ghosh
                                        Feb 14, 2014 at 1:02 pm
                                        It's time now for AK to resign from his post as he is clearly inexperienced. Power cuts, failure to solve issues and dharna, all shows that he is not taking government seriously. Delhi has seen better days under Sheila Dik.
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                                          Anoop Ghosh
                                          Feb 14, 2014 at 2:08 pm
                                          It's time now for AK to resign from his post as he is clearly inexperienced. Power cuts, failure to solve issues and dharna, all shows that he is not taking government seriously. Delhi has seen better days under Sheila Dik.
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                                            Anoop Ghosh
                                            Feb 14, 2014 at 2:08 pm
                                            It's time now for AK to resign from his post as he is clearly inexperienced. Power cuts, failure to solve issues and dharna, all shows that he is not taking government seriously. Delhi has seen better days under Sheila Dik.
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