Can't Stand Graft, Will Go to Any Extent for Jan Lokpal: Kejriwal - The New Indian Express

Can't Stand Graft, Will Go to Any Extent for Jan Lokpal: Kejriwal

Published: 09th February 2014 08:08 AM

Last Updated: 09th February 2014 08:08 AM

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday threatened to “go to any extent” over his pet anti-graft legislation, the Jan Lokpal Bill, which is opposed both by the Congress, whose continued support is essential for the survival of his government, as well as the BJP.

“Corruption is extremely important issue and I will go to any extent,” he said.

Asserting that both the Congress and BJP will never allow passage of the Bill, Kejriwal said since the government has decided to probe the alleged corruption in CWG projects, the Congress’ “pitch” has become more “shrill” in this regard, and also there are allegations against the BJP, which has been in power in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for the past seven years.

Last week, the Delhi Cabinet cleared the draft of the much talked-about Jan Lokpal Bill.

“They (Congress) realise that if there is a strong Lokpal, many of these people will get into trouble. For seven years, the BJP has been in power in the MCD and they may also get into trouble. If the bill is passed, all these CWG cases will go to Lokpal,” the Chief Minister said.

Kejriwal also said, “We have written to the Home Minister to withdraw the (2002) order, which directs the Delhi Government to seek approval of the Ministry before passing any Bill in the Assembly”.

The state government has sought to quell the controversy over the issue of legal experts supporting it on the Lokpal Bill, saying they were consulted only on the validity of rules relating to Assembly’s powers and not on the legislation per say.

Nowhere, in his letter to (Lt Governor) did the Chief Minister state that the government had sought the opinion on Jan Lokpal Bill from the experts. The government’s clarification came against the backdrop of reports that said Kejriwal had sought the opinion of three lawyers and a former judge on the Lokpal Bill.

Meanwhile, the AAP chief was termed a “Ghoshna Mukhyamantri” by the BJP, who said  he only made tall promises and did not fulfil them. The Congress party, meanwhile, is planning to start a “poll khol” campaign in Delhi to talk of the unfulfilled promises of the AAP.

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