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Constitute Lokpal for Delhi, Congress tells AAP government

Ajay Maken warned that the Congress would intensify its protest if the anti-corruption watchdog wasn’t constituted within 15 days.

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Ajay Maken warned that the Congress would intensify its protest if the anti-corruption watchdog wasn’t constituted within 15 days. (Source: Express photo)

The Congress on Sunday staged protests across 14 districts of the capital, demanding that the AAP government immediately constitute a Lokpal for Delhi. Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken alleged that in the absence of a Lokpal, there was no “proper forum” to probe allegations against AAP ministers and MLAs.

This was the largest protest organised by the party since the AAP government came to power in the capital. Maken warned that the Congress would intensify its protest if the anti-corruption watchdog wasn’t constituted within 15 days.

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“Earlier, the AAP government had resigned, claiming it was not allowed to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party is now cagey about constituting a Lokpal after coming to power a second time,” he said.

The Congress alleged Kejriwal knew that once constituted, the Lokpal would expose his own ministers accused of “forged degrees, frauds and other charges”. Maken said Kejriwal wouldn’t be able to escape the law on the appointment of 21 parliamentary secretaries on high salaries and government perks without allegedly following norms.

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“Now that the AAP is about to complete six months in power on August 14, there is not only no sign of its constituting the Lokpal, there is no move either to appoint a Lokayukta, which was functioning during Congress rule in Delhi,” Maken said.

He added that the Lokayukta’s post had been vacant since November 2013, when Justice Sarin demitted office. The Congress wants a strong Lokpal, Maken said, as he called for the Delhi government to at least implement the Lokpal passed by Parliament in February 2014 under the previous UPA government.

The party added that it had submitted a petition against 29 MLAs to the office of the Lokayukta since, in the absence of a proper forum, there was no authority to probe corruption charges against legislators and ministers.

He also accused the Kejriwal government of wasting its time and money on self-publicity and in clashes with the Centre and the Lt-Governor, betraying the mandate given to him and his party.

“Kejriwal is wasting people’s money in the pursuit of gaining cheap political mileage. Kejriwal is using the post of CM as a ladder to gain political gains, without doing any constructive work for development,” added Maken.