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House opens on stormy note; CM blames oppn

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 14, 2014
First Published: 01:08 IST(14/2/2014) | Last Updated: 10:06 IST(14/2/2014)

After a stormy day one of the special session of the Delhi assembly, which saw four adjournments and no business taking place on the floor of the house, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that the Congress and the BJP had joined hands and did not want the house to function.

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“Today the match-fixing by the Congress and BJP was exposed. They got many resolutions passed. I don’t think any legislature in the country has seen BJP and Congress joining hands this way,” Kejriwal said.

“Even in the all-party meeting that happened with the Speaker, the leaders of Congress and the BJP said they did not want the House to function,” he alleged.

Talking to reporters at Delhi Secretariat after the assembly session, Kejriwal said Somanth Bharti was only a scapegoat.

“Their (Congress and BJP) main agenda was that the House should not function. They were raising all kinds of issues and storming to the well of the House one by one. Their actions were synchronised. Even when the Speaker agreed to the debate on Bharti, the two parties moved two quick resolutions and forced the House be adjourned for the day,” the chief minister said.

Clearing his position on Delhi Lokpal Bill, 2014 Kejriwal said they can always take the permission of the Lieutenant Governor after introducing it in the House. “Section 26 of transaction of business rules clearly says that the permission of the L-G can always be taken later,” Kejriwal said.

Reiterating his position that Delhi government does not have to send the Bill to the Centre for prior approval, Kejriwal said there was nothing in the Constitution of India making prior approval a must.

“For me, the Constitution of India is supreme and I abide by that. India has a federal structure where the central government and the state governments run parallel. We are authorised to make a law which is repugnant to a Central law. I know if we send the draft to the Centre it will never come back,” he added.

Both the Congress and the BJP have agreed to support the Jan Lokpal Bill only if it followed the “constitutional provisions”. While the Jan Lokpal Bill is likely to be tabled in the House on Friday, the Swaraj Bill will be tabled a day later.


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