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Unfazed Kejriwal says he is ready to go to jail

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 16, 2014
First Published: 03:07 IST(16/2/2014) | Last Updated: 10:46 IST(16/2/2014)

A day after he resigned as Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal said he was ready to face legal proceedings over his allegations against Reliance.

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“I am ready to face legal proceedings over the FIR against Mukesh Ambani. I can even go to jail for the country,” Kejriwal told a news channel when asked about the reported move by Ambani to file a legal case against him.

In an interview to NDTV, Kejriwal, who announced his and his council of ministers’ resignation at his Hanuman Road office on Friday evening, also refuted arguments that his government had failed during its 49-day tenure.

The AAP government had ordered registration of FIRs against Reliance chairperson Mukesh Ambani, Union minister Veerappa Moily and former minister Murli Deora over the gas pricing row.

Kejriwal said he would soon write to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi about the issue of gas prices.

Commenting on the Centre’s move to approach the Supreme Court against the FIR in the alleged gas scam case, he told Aaj Tak: “The Centre is going to the Supreme Court to save Mukesh Ambani.”

Kejriwal said he was not in a hurry to resign and insisted that the Congress and the BJP were given enough time to go through the Jan Lokpal Bill.

Asked whether the AAP government had failed on the front of governance, Kejriwal said because of the anti-corruption helpline and the sting operations on officials demanding bribes, many officers had stopped asking for bribes and touts had disappeared. Surprise inspections at hospitals led to stocks of medicine going up, he claimed.

“And you say we failed in governance? We achieved this in the short period we have been in the power,” he said.

Kejriwal also lashed out L-G Najeeb Jung for not recommending dissolution of the House as per the Cabinet’s decision. “I am questioning the logic of his decision,” Kejriwal said.

“He did not agree to many of our decisions. Our Cabinet took a decision of having this session outside the House. Even he did not agree to that. He was openly flouting the constitution and I don’t know why,” he told news channels.


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