Kejriwal Hints at Resignation

The Bill was defeated in the introduction stage itself with 42 members voting against it and only 27 in favour. 

Published: 14th February 2014 07:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th February 2014 08:00 PM   |  A+A-


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today gave enough indications that his government may quit after the BJP and Congress combined to defeat introduction of the Jan Lokpal Bill which he tabled in the Assembly defying Lt Governor's advice.     

"This appears to be our last session. I will consider myself fortunate if I have to sacrifice the chief minister's post 1,000 times and my life to eradicate corruption," he said in a brief speech in the Assembly after his government suffered defeat on its pet anti-graft legislation.     

On a day of dramatic developments in the Assembly lasting over four hours, the 45-year-old Chief Minister, who has had a roller coaster ride ever since he took over reins of power on December 28, last year, accused the Congress and BJP of "colluding" with each other against the Bill after his government ordered filing an FIR against RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani.     

Uproarious scenes were earlier witnessed in the House on the issue of introduction of the Bill with BJP and Congress forcing the Speaker to read out the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung's advice to the Assembly against tabling the measure since it was not in accordance with procedures laid down under the law.     

After an adjournment with opposition notably BJP leader Harshavardhan and Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely demanding voting on the Lt Governor's advice and government opposing it, Kejriwal dramatically rose to table the Jan Lokpal Bill.

This attacking provoked the opposition which contended that the government  had no right to introduce a Bill against Lt Governor's advice and such step would be "unconstitutional".   

Chaotic scenes prevailed and Speaker M S Dhir was forced to adjourn the House. When the House resumed again, the treasury benches demanded a discussion which was also resisted by the opposition who insisted on voting.     

After some melee, the Speaker put the resolution seeking leave for introduction of the Bill to vote. The Bill was defeated in the introduction stage itself with 42 members voting against it and only 27 in favour.     

After the resolution for the Bill's introduction was defeated, AAP sources said Kejriwal may take the "extreme step of resigning soon".

"The Chief Minister feels there is no point in remaining in the government," the sources told PTI, adding all the party workers have been asked to come for consultations at the AAP headquarters.

In between, the House took up the business of supplementary demands for 2013-14 and voted on the relevant Appropriation Bill.     

Earlier, the BJP and Congress MLAs created trouble from the start of the proceedings demanding tabling of the communication of the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to the Assembly.     

After some uproar and short adjournments, the Speaker read out the LG's communication.     

Reading out the contents of the letter, Speaker M S Dhir said under Section 22 (3) of the Government of NCT of Delhi Act 1991, the Jan Lokpal Bill being a Financial Bill is to be send to LG for recommendation.     

Also as per Rule 55 (1) of Transaction of Business of Govt of NCT Rules 1993, the LG is required to make a prior reference to the central government before being introduced in the Assembly, the LG said.     

"The said Bill has not yet been duly placed before me by the Government of NCT of Delhi.     

"As the Jan Lokpal bill is being introduced in the Legislative Assembly without following the procedure... I hereby send the message under Section 9 (2) of the Govt of NCT of Delhi Act, 1991 to the Legislative Assembly, not to consider the Bill unless it is introduced with the recommendations of the Lt Governor," he said.     

The Lt Governor said the message may be conveyed to the Assembly before the Bill is introduced during the current Session.

Also read:

We Didn't Vote Again Bill, Voted for LG's Message: Lovely 

Kejriwal Likely to Quit As Jan Lokpal Bill Gets Stalled in Assembly 

Congress, BJP Oppose AAP's 'Hasty' Move to Push Jan Lokpal Bill

L-G Advises Speaker Not to Allow Tabling of Jan Lokpal Bill

Jan Lokpal Bill Not to be Tabled Today in Delhi Assembly 

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