I am not trying to topple myself: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal on Sunday stated that he will resign from the post of chief minister if the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed in the Delhi Assembly.

Updated: February 10, 2014 4:59 pm
If the government is going to fall tomorrow then it should fall today, Kejriwal said. (Express Archive). If the government is going to fall tomorrow then it should fall today, Kejriwal said. (Express Archive).

“I am not trying to be toppled”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said amid growing confrontation between him and the Congress party over a key anti-graft legislation.

Kejriwal, who heads the minority Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in the national capital, has threatened to resign if he is not able to get his pet Jan Lokpal Bill passed by the state Assembly. He has refused to get prior clearance of the Union Home Ministry for it as demanded by the Congress on whose support his government survives.

Responding to media speculation that he was itching to quit in order to be a “martyr” ahead of the Lok Sabha polls which AAP is going to contest a large number of seats, Kejriwal said on Saturday that this impression was wrong.

“I am not trying to be toppled, that impression is wrong. I am doing my work. We are working day and night and working very hard,” he said.

At the same time, the Chief Minister said that he does not bother about his government. “I do not bother about our government. That is the last thing I have in mind. If the government is going to fall tomorrow then it should fall today.”

Asked if the fact that the Congress could pull the plug anytime weighed on his mind, he replied, “That is their problem. If they have a problem why did they support us?”

Responding to the perception that some of his actions were calculated to provoke the Congress to withdraw its support, the AAP leader said, “No, no why should I do that ?

“They had prior knowledge that we will do this. If they thought that we will not open corruption files of the previous (Congress) government and we will not investigate into them, it was their mistake because they did not know whom they were supporting,” he said.

Kejriwal said that his government would investigate every single case of potential corruption that may have taken place during the 15-year rule of the Congress led by Sheila Dikshit.

Describing himself as a small person, Kejriwal said that he and his colleagues had quit their careers to plunge into politics in order to rid the country of corruption. Most of his staff were drawing a token salary of one rupee.

“I am trying to say that all the people who have joined us are working for the country and not for power. Our motto is not to stay in power,” he said.

Asserting that he did not want AAP to become a “power centre”, the Chief Minister said, “AAP is not important in the long run. In the long run, AAP should vanish. It should not exist after we reach out aim.”

Kejriwal was sharply critical of large sections of the media and demanded that funding of the media houses should be made transparent.

“Ordinary journalists are very good. At reporter level, at the middle level, patriotism is there in everybody,” he said adding that in many media organisations money played a role which cannot be overlooked.

He said that he had heard that big industrial houses had huge stakes in some TV channels. “It should come out who is having how much stake in which channel.”

Another point was about political leanings of the media. “A channel is owned by a Congress MP. So there should be statutory warning like the one on cigarette packets that this channel is owned by this political party so that the public decides whether it wishes to watch it or not,” he said.

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    Andy
    Feb 10, 2014 at 3:36 pm
    Why is CM Kejriwal being such a baby? If he steps down, someone else will become CM of Delhi.
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      Bolefatafat
      Feb 10, 2014 at 3:58 pm
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        Bolefatafat
        Feb 10, 2014 at 3:58 pm
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          Tothepoint
          Feb 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm
          Jan lokpal was crucial if the govt of day is corrupt. AAP should emphasize on eradicating corruption. How many corruption cases have been caught so far? Believe me, having too much trust for eradicating corruption on lokpal might disappoint and frustrate many.
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            L Sahoo
            Feb 10, 2014 at 4:20 pm
            BJP is giving crores to Binny and other MLAs to bring down the clean government of AAP, since JAN LOKPAL bill by AK will put many corrupt politicians from BJP & congress behind bars. Arvind and AAP have that kind of determinaltion and resolve to root out the evil of corruption from this country. Let us support AAP in their brave fight against the financial might of BJP and congress, who aculated so much of wealth by looting states/countries for last 60 years.
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              L Sahoo
              Feb 10, 2014 at 4:20 pm
              BJP is giving crores to Binny and other MLAs to bring down the clean government of AAP, since JAN LOKPAL bill by AK will put many corrupt politicians from BJP & congress behind bars. Arvind and AAP have that kind of determinaltion and resolve to root out the evil of corruption from this country. Let us support AAP in their brave fight against the financial might of BJP and congress, who aculated so much of wealth by looting states/countries for last 60 years.
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                Rohan
                Feb 10, 2014 at 11:06 pm
                This Guy has to follow the system. HE wants to use controvertial things get it ped and than put the onus on President for not accepting it. This way he wants to make political capital that's all. There is a reason to take permission so that the political parties do not make a political point with populist gimmicks and debates when it cannot be a reality. This AAP and media along with anarchist ANNA as well is fooling people. Anna must not support ARvind but strongly talk against Arvind's means.
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                  Rohan
                  Feb 10, 2014 at 11:06 pm
                  This Guy has to follow the system. HE wants to use controvertial things get it ped and than put the onus on President for not accepting it. This way he wants to make political capital that's all. There is a reason to take permission so that the political parties do not make a political point with populist gimmicks and debates when it cannot be a reality. This AAP and media along with anarchist ANNA as well is fooling people. Anna must not support ARvind but strongly talk against Arvind's means.
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                    Mohan
                    Feb 10, 2014 at 5:01 pm
                    We know you will fall on your own you don't have to try.
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                      nikita singh
                      Feb 10, 2014 at 12:19 pm
                      AAP and diapers have one thing in common , they both should be changed regularly and for the same reason, .
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                        nikita singh
                        Feb 10, 2014 at 12:19 pm
                        AAP and diapers have one thing in common , they both should be changed regularly and for the same reason, .
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                          Test
                          Feb 10, 2014 at 5:03 pm
                          Dude this loss to elect AAP with full majority is worth every penny compared to the pounds from your hard earned tax money will go into building sub standard roads, illegal apartments,bribe that all pay to the traffic cop, to the government clerk to get your ration card to get your dream house occupancy err, to get your child admission to school to get your birth cert to get your death cert and so forth let every rupee in the coffers be spent on this noble cause to get AAP re elected with full majority... Long live the common man and his dream to rule with dignity.Major parties are worried they are caught between the devil and the sea, can't afford to p kejriwqls jan look pal at the same time can't afford to see him martyr his cm seat for the common man... Ha ha never saw the lotus and hand together except in a woman a hand .....
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                            Test
                            Feb 10, 2014 at 5:03 pm
                            Dude this loss to elect AAP with full majority is worth every penny compared to the pounds from your hard earned tax money will go into building sub standard roads, illegal apartments,bribe that all pay to the traffic cop, to the government clerk to get your ration card to get your dream house occupancy err, to get your child admission to school to get your birth cert to get your death cert and so forth let every rupee in the coffers be spent on this noble cause to get AAP re elected with full majority... Long live the common man and his dream to rule with dignity.Major parties are worried they are caught between the devil and the sea, can't afford to p kejriwqls jan look pal at the same time can't afford to see him martyr his cm seat for the common man... Ha ha never saw the lotus and hand together except in a woman a hand .....
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                              Ramesh
                              Feb 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm
                              Kejriwal is completely ignorant why corruption is spread all over the India. ?150 years back great thinker of Maharashtra LOKHITWADI wrote "There is too much corruption and bribes is in our country only because that we Indians afraid too much breaking rituals of our religion and not afraid to break the law of government"This is problem of psyche of Indians we to change our psyche and not impose law
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                                Ramesh
                                Feb 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm
                                Kejriwal is completely ignorant why corruption is spread all over the India. ?150 years back great thinker of Maharashtra LOKHITWADI wrote "There is too much corruption and bribes is in our country only because that we Indians afraid too much breaking rituals of our religion and not afraid to break the law of government"This is problem of psyche of Indians we to change our psyche and not impose law
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                                  subhash
                                  Feb 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm
                                  Dear Kejriwal the resigning part from your portfolio is waste of public money and time every Delhi people invested in you . lok pal bill is just mere of paper thing . Here we got opportunity to listen kiran bedi and anna hazare . infactt I was the one receive her when she was giving lecture at emory university auditorium . lot of people here think these are waste of effort in developed society . What you have do is follow my gma philosophy . she wanted every one has to do the right job and paid right . super clean the house and outside the street .Mahatma hi philosophy is good for third world country style oppression . right now India going to be developed . we have table chair and auditorium to discuss . every one should have bank account ,we need proper banking , for for politics only problem you guys have . don't declare money correctly . let us discussed, every kid out of school need job , invest in games like bring at least 50 schools in Delhi only for games . curriculum sport for 6 hours not siting in cl . street super clean , people has to be do exercises and jogging , reduce diabetes . super clean hospital from outside and make arrangement for the relative outside hospital sitting on floor . stop corruption in doctors and medical field more corrupted then politicians , more utilities . restrooms , clean shower places . clean restaurant every one eat outside , single accommodation like apartment . 97% people wants to have affordable single bad . environmentally controlled . we can invest in multiple story home less shelters in Delhi to cut down road side people sheltered .we arranged thousand of dollars every year for charity like ekal vidylya . cut down on religious places .draining too much money . invest in research . people need job . young kid want to work , as investor we can hire part time jobs like environmental technician for every 200 feets .Even in Ramayana character like raven did better job for his people in Lanka then average current leader today's world .give orders to build temporary lodging for people visiting outside Delhi for business and job and students to stay ,not in family houses . like single apartments . have a good luck if need more help we are glad to help you . subhash jain Atlanta GA
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                                    subhash
                                    Feb 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm
                                    Dear Kejriwal the resigning part from your portfolio is waste of public money and time every Delhi people invested in you . lok pal bill is just mere of paper thing . Here we got opportunity to listen kiran bedi and anna hazare . infactt I was the one receive her when she was giving lecture at emory university auditorium . lot of people here think these are waste of effort in developed society . What you have do is follow my gma philosophy . she wanted every one has to do the right job and paid right . super clean the house and outside the street .Mahatma hi philosophy is good for third world country style oppression . right now India going to be developed . we have table chair and auditorium to discuss . every one should have bank account ,we need proper banking , for for politics only problem you guys have . don't declare money correctly . let us discussed, every kid out of school need job , invest in games like bring at least 50 schools in Delhi only for games . curriculum sport for 6 hours not siting in cl . street super clean , people has to be do exercises and jogging , reduce diabetes . super clean hospital from outside and make arrangement for the relative outside hospital sitting on floor . stop corruption in doctors and medical field more corrupted then politicians , more utilities . restrooms , clean shower places . clean restaurant every one eat outside , single accommodation like apartment . 97% people wants to have affordable single bad . environmentally controlled . we can invest in multiple story home less shelters in Delhi to cut down road side people sheltered .we arranged thousand of dollars every year for charity like ekal vidylya . cut down on religious places .draining too much money . invest in research . people need job . young kid want to work , as investor we can hire part time jobs like environmental technician for every 200 feets .Even in Ramayana character like raven did better job for his people in Lanka then average current leader today's world .give orders to build temporary lodging for people visiting outside Delhi for business and job and students to stay ,not in family houses . like single apartments . have a good luck if need more help we are glad to help you . subhash jain Atlanta GA
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                                      Satish K
                                      Feb 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm
                                      Mr Kejriwal is shorn off his convincing power as the lies that he is parroting are grosslly inadequate this time in camauflaging his real intentions.
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                                        Satish K
                                        Feb 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm
                                        Mr Kejriwal is shorn off his convincing power as the lies that he is parroting are grosslly inadequate this time in camauflaging his real intentions.
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                                          Victor
                                          Feb 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm
                                          Arvind Kejariwal has a psychological problem. He believes all,except himself and all who support him, are corrupt and unpatriotic. This mindset is not good for a leader. Hope the that the throngs of people around him will realize this soon so that Delhites will have a peaceful life.
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