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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

We tried to work honestly, Kejriwal says in parting speech

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi: , February 15, 2014
First Published: 00:47 IST(15/2/2014) | Last Updated: 12:25 IST(15/2/2014)

“It was from the same window that we had announced our victory sometime ago; and this time it is my resignation. What has remained the same is the support and trust of you and other AAP volunteers.” This was Arvind Kejriwal as he announced his resignation from the first-floor window of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) office at Hanuman Road in Central Delhi in his last speech as the chief minister of Delhi.

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Addressing the crowd amid loud cheers, Kejriwal repeated what he had said in the Delhi Assembly after the Congress and the BJP did not allow him to table his ambitious Delhi jan lokpal bill. Kejriwal, yet again, said there was a nexus between the Congress and the BJP and claimed that their collusion was exposed.

“If we had also made crores of rupees and had given some of it to the Congress and the BJP, there would have been no problem,” Kejrwal said.

The 45-year-old AAP leader the two parties came together after hs government registered cases against Sheila Dikshit, Mukesh Ambani, Veerappa Moily. “They did not let the jan lokpal bill pass in the House because they feared half of the politicians will be in jail if it became an act,” Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal said his government brought down power rates and gave free water and drastically reduced corruption in 49 days of being in power.

“We tried to work honestly but we are also human. People say we cannot govern. In 40 days, we brought corruption down and acted against Sheila Dikshit’s corruption. They say govern, I want to say bringing corruption down is also governance,” he said. He said he was ready to resign 100 times and sacrifice the CM’s post for a strong Lokpal.

“What BJP and Congress members did in the Assembly was a shame on democracy,” he said.Questioning the Congress and the BJP’s stand that introducing the bill with the Centre’s approval was unconstitutional, Kejriwal said damaging breaking mikes was also not constitutional. “We are fighting for the nation, constitution and the people of the country. We will teach them a lesson. I am ready to sacrifice my life for the constitution,” he said.

HT asks the following questions to understand the political impact of Kejriwal's decision to quit as Delhi CM.









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