Will Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal resign if he fails to introduce the jan lokpal bill in the special session of the Delhi assembly from February 13 to 16 due to legal tangle?
Kejriwal dropped enough hints of taking the extreme step if the Congress becomes a stumbling block in his pet project. In an interview to PTI, Kejriwal threatened to “go to any extent over the huge issue” of corruption.
Asked if he would resign, Kejriwal shot back, “That you interpret.”
The Delhi government wants to introduce the jan lokpal and swaraj bills on the first day of the session but the biggest hurdle is getting lieutenant governor (L-G) Najeeb Jung’s nod.
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The jan lokpal bill has courted controversy in recent weeks with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) refusing to seek the Centre’s approval and the L-G writing to the solicitor general, asking about the constitutionality of the bill. On Friday, senior AAP leader Ashutosh had called the L-G ‘ an agent of the Congress’.
Both the Congress, which supports the AAP government from outside, and the BJP are keeping a close watch on Kejriwal’s moves.
The Congress assessment says that since Kejriwal has “failed to implement his promise of cheap water and electricity” to Delhi residents, he is looking for an “escape route” and could step down, taking the “moral high ground” on the jan lokpal issue.
The Congress has maintained that it won’t withdraw support to the AAP, at least till the Lok Sabha elections, despite “repeated provocations”, like the recommendation of a SIT probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and asking the anti-corruption branch to lodge an FIR in the Commonwealth Games scam, aimed at implicating former CM Sheila Dikshit.
“AAP is getting discredited with each passing day due to its political gimmicks. It will fall on its own,” a Congress leader said.
The BJP, on the other hand, believes that the Kejriwal government will fall under its own weight of creating unrealistic expectations, which it has failed to deliver.
The AAP, however, feels that its “goodwill” among the Delhi voters has strengthened due to its “uncompromising” stand on corruption. The party’s says it will win around 50 seats if fresh elections are held in Delhi along with the Lok Sabha elections.