Jung openly flouted Constitution: Arvind Kejriwal
A day after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal resigned as the Delhi Chief Minister, he attacked Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Saturday and accused him of "openly flouting" the Constitution.
"I don't know on what basis Najeeb Jung rejected the dissolution of the Delhi Assembly. I am questioning the logic of his decision," Kejriwal told NDTV.
Kejriwal said the Constitution says that the L-G Governor is bound by the decision taken by the Cabinet of a "majority government."
"This decision is wrong because any recommendation by an elected government is normally binding (on the Lt Governor)," Kejriwal said.
"He did not agree to many of our decisions earlier also. He was openly flouting the Constitution," he told the news channel.
According to him, Jung refused AAP's recommendation as the Congress did not want it.
Commenting on media speculations, that Kejriwal has quit the office eyeing the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the AAP supremo said, "I did not want to compromise with corruption. If I cannot work for anti-graft then i don't want to be in power, I did not come to the government for power."
However, he said that he will provide leadership in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and the party's focus now is on the same.
"Yes if there is no election for the Vidhan Sabha, then we will focus on Lok Sabha. I haven't yet thought whether I will fight the Lok Sabha elections or not. My fight is not against Modiji (Narendra Modi) or anyone to prove myself a hero. My fight is against corruption," Kejriwal said.
He also said that there will be no ally with any "Third Front".
Meanwhile, the Union Cabinet on Saturday recommended President's rule in Delhi and suspended animation of the Delhi Assembly after the AAP government in the national capital headed by Arvind Kejriwal resigned on Friday.
The Cabinet's decision will come into effect after promulgation of a notification by President Pranab Mukherjee, which has to be then endorsed by the Parliament through a resolution under Article 356 of the Constitution.
Rejecting AAP's proposal of dissolution of the Delhi Assembly, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had earlier recommended President's Rule in the national capital.
The Lt Governor also recommended that the Delhi Assembly be put under suspended animation.
Jung rejected the dissolution of the 70-member Delhi Assembly as recommended by the council of ministers headed by Arvind Kejriwal when they met Friday after the AAP decided to quit the government.
Hours after the AAP government-backed Jan Lokpal Bill was not tabled in the Delhi Assembly, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned on Friday after remaining in power for 49 days.
(Posted on 15-02-2014)