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NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party government of Delhi resigned on Friday after chief minister Arvind Kejrial was not allowed to table the Jan Lokpal Bill by the BJP and the Congress in the state assembly.
Kejriwal met Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and recommended the dissolution of the assembly.
The Jan Lokpal Bill, which aims to fight corruption in high places, was put to vote in the assembly. While the Congress and the BJP both voted against its introduction, the AAP members voted for it.
As a result, the bill could not be introduced as 42 MLAs of the Congress, the BJP and two others voted against it in the 70-member assembly.
Speaking after failing to table the bill, Kejriwal said, “Today, they did not let the Jan Lokpal bill to be introduced. It has been defeated. We have come here to save the country. If we have to give up the chief minister’s post for the sake of the country, we will do it not a hundred times but a thousand times.’’
Kejriwal said both the Congress and the BJP were in collusion and funded by Reliance chief Mukesh Amabni. He said his party’s attempts to clean up the system were called unconstitutional by the two parties.
The AAP, which won 28 seats in the Dec 4 Delhi assembly elections, formed government on Dec 28 with the support of the Congress which has seven MLAs.
During its 49-day term, the AAP government delivered on some of its poll promises such as cheap power and water to the Delhi people. To root out corruption, it also ordered major changes in the Delhi Jal Board and audit of electricity companies. It also ordered registration of cases against Union ministers and Reliance chief Mukesh Ambani for alleged nexus in gas pricing.
But the AAP got flak for the action of its minister Somnath Bharti for a night raid on African students in south Delhi on the suspicion of drug and sex racket.
The media also gave Kejriwal a lot of negative publicity for his dharna to seek control of Delhi Police just before Republic Day.