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No point staying in power after jan lokpal setback: AAP

Holding BJP and Cong responsible for the fall of Kejriwal government, AAP leader Prashant Bhushan on Saturday said the party was left with no option but to quit as implementing jan lokpal was their top priority. Poll: Do you think this decision will help improve Kejriwal's tally in the LS polls?

india Updated: Feb 15, 2014 14:37 IST
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Holding BJP and Congress responsible for the fall of Arvind Kejriwal government, AAP leader Prashant Bhushan on Saturday said the party was left with no option but to quit as implementing Jan Lokpal was their top priority.

"From the beginning, Congress and BJP were against this bill and that is why they didn't support the government. Both party leaders don't want the country to be corruption-free," he told reporters in New Delhi.

Bhushan maintained that Aam Aadmi Party was not formed to get power, but for making India a corruption-free country.

Read:Will Kejriwal contest Lok Sabha elections now?

"AAP has been formed to root out corruption from the country. Passing jan lokpal in the assembly was the first priority of the AAP government. As we were not allowed to pass this bill, we did not have an option but to get out of the government," he said.

Kerjriwal on Friday resigned as Delhi chief minister shortly after his government was defeated on the issue of tabling of the jan lokpal bill in Delhi assembly in the face of a united resistance by outside supporter Congress and opposition BJP.

Read:Kejriwal hits and runs, pulls plug on own govt after failing to table jan lokpal bill

After the CM's resignation, the ball is now back in the court of BJP and Congress and both parties can stake claim to form the government in the national capital, Bhushan said.

"If Congress and BJP don't want to stake claim to form the government, L-G has no option but to dissolve the assembly," he said.

Asked if AAP leaders are running away from their responsibilities, he said, "Our government also wanted to implement mohalla sabha in Delhi.
As Congress and BJP leaders were also against this model, the party cannot run government."

"Getting official posts in the government was not the motive of our party. Our party's motive is to change the system, but we are not being allowed to implement our motive, there is then no benefit to run the government," he said.

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Replying to his former ally Kiran Bedi's tweets - "Did Delhi CM resign for Lokpal or Lok Sabha?", Bhushan said she has become a BJP supporter.

Meanwhile, Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit slammed Kejriwal for stepping down as chief minister.

"We gave a chance to Kejriwal but he was not interested in running the government. Kejriwal has not done any positive work in his life and his party also didn't intend to run the government," he said.

The Congress MP accused Kejriwal of misleading residents of Delhi.

"Running away from responsibility is his old habit... After his resignation, we will see what the L-G now decides," he said.

HT asks the following questions to understand the political impact of Kejriwal's decision to quit as Delhi CM.

First Published: Feb 15, 2014 14:13 IST