HT poll shows Kejriwal has support of people over decision to quit if Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 18, 2014 19:41 IST

While Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has threatened to quit if the Jan Lokpal bill is not passed in the assembly, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader seems to have the support of the public, according to an online poll conducted by HT.

In survey of more than 1,600 people by 10pm on Monday, 66% of the respondents said they supported Kejriwal’s decision to quit if the bill didn’t get passed in the Delhi assembly. While 31% thought quitting was not the solution, the remaining 3% didn’t know what to make of Kejriwal’s announcement.

Kejriwal on Saturday threatened “to go to any extent” over the Jan Lokpal bill, which is opposed both by the Congress, whose continued support is essential for the survival of his government, as well as the BJP.

In no mood to relent, Kejriwal threatened once again on Monday that he would “quit a thousand times” from his post for the sake of the anti-corruption legislation and to hand power directly to the people.

The AAP feels that its “goodwill” among the Delhi voters has strengthened due to its “uncompromising” stand on corruption. The HT poll is an indicator — though at a very small scale — that the people think Kejriwal is doing the right thing by threatening to resign over the Jan Lokpal bill.

There are others, however, who don’t support the tactics adopted by the Delhi CM. The Congress on Monday said India was "not a lawless republic" where anyone can take the law into their own hands, underlining its opposition to the path adopted by AAP for bringing in the Jan Lokpal Bill.

The AAP, meanwhile, is confident of an impressive performance in the future and says it will win around 50 seats if fresh elections are held in Delhi along with the Lok Sabha elections.

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