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Don't table Jan Lokpal Bill: Lt Guv Jung

Posted on Feb 14 2014 | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 14 : Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has reportedly written to state Assembly Speaker MS Dhir asking him not to table the Jan Lokpal Bill as it has not been approved by the Centre yet.

Meanwhile, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government might go for a vote on the issue in the Assembly.

"Sources say that if the Kejriwal government loses the vote, he could step down as CM on Friday itself," reported CNN-IBN.

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked Kejriwal to justify why he wants to present anti-graft Jan Lokpal Bill to lawmakers for their review in attendance of public inside a city stadium.

According to reports, Kejriwal said he will present the Bill to lawmakers not at the state legislature but at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, where the special assembly session will be open to public.

The high court asked Kejriwal to reconsider the venue for security reasons and also to explain the justification for the stadium session.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo on Monday met the Delhi Lieutenant Governor 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," 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," Kejriwal had said.

Following his statement, he also faced severe criticism from super cop 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, 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 the Delhi Lieutenant Governor 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.

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