'Don't Protect any Party that Wants to Stall Lokpal Bill' - The New Indian Express

'Don't Protect any Party that Wants to Stall Lokpal Bill'

Published: 08th February 2014 07:46 AM

Last Updated: 08th February 2014 10:16 AM

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said there was  ‘too much pressure’ on Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, but he should not protect the interest of any party or the Home Ministry, which were keen on stalling his government’s Jan Lokpal Bill.

In a letter addressed to Jung, Kejriwal said: he knew that there was a ‘lot of pressure’ on him from the Congress and the Home Ministry on the Jan Lokapal Bill and it would go up in the coming days to prevent holding of an Assembly session in a public venue to enact the Bill.

He also said, “pressure will be mounted on him to ensure that the Bill is not tabled in the Assembly because they know that if the Bill is passed, then many among them will go to jail.”

“They (Congress), through your office, would resort to selective leaks to defame me and my government, the Chief Minister said.

“Now it is for you to decide whether you will be able to stand up to the pressure or not. You are a genuine person. But I humbly want to suggest to you that you had taken an oath to protect the Constitution and not the interest of any party or the Home Ministry,” he said in a strongly-worded letter to the Governor.

Kejriwal wrote the letter a day after reports emanated that the Lt. Governor had sought Solicitor-general Mohan Parasaran’s opinion on the Bill. The law officer had conveyed to him that it would be illegal if prior consent was not taken from the Centre. It also came on a day when his party colleague Ashutosh called the Governor a ‘Congress agent’.

Kejriwal raised questions on how the Governor had sought comments from

Parasaran on the Bill that was sent to him last evening and shortly later news leaked out about the law officer objecting to it.“I was surprised when I heard on television on thursday night about SG’s opinion. On which Bill you had sought SG’s opinion as we had sent the draft to you only in the evening and on which bill he had given you opinion,” he said.

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