Kejriwal meets Delhi Lt Governor
New Delhi, Feb 10 : Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Monday met Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung here over the Jan Lokpal Bill issue.
He said that the Lt Governor has promised to consult the Law Ministry on the Bill.
"We discussed on Lokpal," Kejriwal said adding that the Home Ministry rule saying that central assent is needed is unconstitutional.
Meanwhile, the Lieutenant Governor has in his statement said that the idea of the Jan Lokpal Bill is right but the due procedure has to be followed.
"The Lieutenant Governor shares same values as Chief Minister to avoid corruption. The question is the need to follow procedures as mandated under the Constitution. Since the CM had written to the L-G indicating intent to introduce the Bill, the L-G had asked the Solicitor General to opine on the Constitutional validity," Najeeb Jung said in his statement.
Earlier Kejriwal told media channels that he will quit if Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed.
"We will quit if it is not passed," Kejriwal told NDTV.
"Jan Lokpal Bill is more important than staying in the government," he said.
"We will table Jan lokpal, Swaraj bills on Feb 13," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo said.
Following his statement, he also faced severe criticism from supercop turned social activist Kiran Bedi, who was an anti-corruption colleague of Kejriwal earlier.
As Arvind Kejriwal threatened to resign over the Jan Lokpal hurdles, Kiran Bedi said on her Facebook page: "' B [Be] ready for difficult times' says AAdmi P! But did Delhites not vote them in, for progress,peace, and good Governance? Or was it difficult times."
"Appears Pol-Party [political parties] on whose support AAdmi P [Aam Aadmi Party] is relying was not consulted in LP Bill? If 1 [one] truly wants it shld [should] it not hav [have] been prior consulted?" asked Bedi over the Jan Lokpal Bill of AAP.
The AAP in New Delhi is facing a major hurdle in passing its much publicized anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill with Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran calling it 'unconstitutional' till the Lieutenant Governor's approval is obtained to pass the same, according to media reports.
Parasaran gave his opinion to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung after he sought his advice on the constitutionality of the Bill being brought by the Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government.
The AAP government of Delhi had said earlier that it will pass the Jan Lokpal Bill on Feb 16.
--IBNS (Posted on 10-02-2014)
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