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AAP leader calls Delhi L-G a Congress 'agent'

india Updated: Feb 07, 2014 15:37 IST
Arvind Kejriwal

A day after solicitor general claimed that the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill is unconstitutional, Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Ashutosh on Friday called Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung an "agent of the Congress".

The senior party member and former journalist Ashutosh's statement came after a confidential letter between Jung and Mohan Parasaran was leaked.

He also urged Jung to work for Delhi and not for the Congress party.

Raising doubts over the credentials of Jung, Ashutosh questioned: "How come a number of conversations held within the premises of the L-G office were leaked?"

"How has the discussion between the L-G and the solicitor general, which is confidential, been leaked? They need to answer that," he said.

Reports said that chief minister Arvind Kejriwal cancelled a meeting to be held later in the day with the L-G to discuss the bill. Kejriwal is now likely to raise his concerns with Jung in a letter, reports added.

Taking note of Ashutosh's comments, Congress leader JP Agarwal said that the L-G is a respectable man and the AAP cannot throw muck at people.

The AAP government's plans to enact the bill in a public venue next week faced fresh hurdles with Parasaran insisting that Lt Governor's prior approval is necessary.

Parasaran, whose opinion was sought by Jung on the constitutionality of the Delhi government's proposal to enact the bill without seeking Centre's clearance, is understood to have conveyed to him that it will be illegal if enacted without the consent.

He is also believed to have told the L-G that Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, passed last year by Parliament, is in force and a lokpal bill in Delhi will be repugnant to the central law. Therefore, it will require the assent of the President.

The Delhi government had on February 3 cleared the final draft of the jan lokpal bill, with the chief minister's office falling in its ambit.

The jan lokpal bill was one of the main issues promised in Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP's manifesto.

Kejriwal had called a special four-day session starting February 13 for all members of the Delhi legislature to review the bill and then vote on it. He also said the public was invited to attend the last day of the session at a large city stadium.