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Kejriwal and Cabinet resign; stage set for act two

Discussion in 'National Politics' started by Manmohan Yadav, Feb 14, 2014.

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Was Kejriwal right to Resign his CM post ?

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  1. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    New Delhi: Forty-nine days after he took charge of the Delhi government, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday resigned following a tumultuous day in the state assembly where combined Congress and BJP legislators “defeatedâ€￾ his party’s attempts to introduce its signal Jan Lokpal bill, which the Aam Admi Pary (AAP) says was meant to curb corruption in high places.

    In political embarrassment for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, Kejriwal introduced the bill amid din in the assembly, but an aggressive Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders became strange bedfellows to force Speaker M.S. Dhir to go for voting.

    In the voting, 42 members voted against the introduction of the bill, while only 27 MLAs - all AAP leaders - voted for it. Delhi assembly has a total strength of 70.

    As it became apparent that the Congress, BJP and Janata Dal-United legislator Shoiab Iqbal and lone independent Rambeer Shokeen will not allow the AAP government to introduce the bill, Kejriwal and his senior cabinet colleague Manish Sisodia presented two appropriation bills that would empower the government to access funds for expenditure.

    Kejriwal then stood up to speak, giving enough indication he was going to resign when he said that this "seems like our last (assembly) session". He said it was more important to "fight corruption than to run a government".

    “Today, they did not let the Jan Lokpal bill to be introduced. It has been defeated,â€￾ declared a defiant and gesticulating Kejriwal.

    "Whether our government remains in power or not is not important," he said, trying to make himself heard above the din caused by sloganeering and heckling by Congress and BJP legislators.

    "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," he said.

    Kejriwal took charge Dec 28 at the head of a minority government propped up by the Congress after an astonishing election victory.

    Both the BJP, Congress, Shokeen and Iqbal were demanding a discussion on Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung’s appeal to the government not to table the bill in the house without his approval.

    Jung had earlier in the day written to the speaker on the matter, which had become contentious over the past week with the lieutenant-governor saying that the union government's nod is needed for introducing the bill - an issue on which opinion is divided among legal and constitutional experts.

    But the AAP government was firm and had decided to push for the bill, which was its poll promise.

    But much before the house could be adjourned, messages went out to AAP members to meet at its party headquarters at Hanuman Road.

    When the three-day session ended in just two days, Kejriwal, without interacting with media, left for the party office. It was here that he announced his resignation. The final decision was taken by the party’s Political Affairs Committee.

    On Feb 9, Kejriwal had threatened to resign if the bill was not allowed to be passed.

    It was an action-packed 49-day stint for the AAP government, which received both bouquets and brickbats for its actions and utterances in its brief and maiden stint in power in a politically-charged journey that began with the party's formation on November 2012.

    The party was able to deliver some of its biggest poll promises, including cheap water, power, anti-corruption helpline, audit of power companies and acting on suspected corruption in the organisation of Commonwealth Games and in gas pricing in which he took on from former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit to industrial Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries and India's richest man.

    But the indiscretions of one of his ministers, especially Law Minister Somnath Bharti who went after African residents on suspicion of them being part of a drug-and-sex racket, and his nightlong blockade of the centre of the capital, days before the Republic Day Parade, got the party a lot of flak and adverse media attention.

    His resignation now sets him free to get back to the streets and do what he knows best - to emote with the problems of the aad admi, the common man, whose ranks have swelled in support for his party and on whom he is counting to translate his national ambitions.

    Political analysts expect Kejriwal and his AAP to make a strong bid for a substantial parliamentary presence in order to be player in the post-election scenario in three months' time.
     
  2. Bismarck

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    Good Riddance
     
  3. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    i am guessing that delhi vidhan sabh will be retained in dormant mode for 6 months or so
    no one wants a election right now in delhi
     
  4. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    An item number in a movie lasts just about 3-4 mins of its 150mins length. The item number by drama queen khujliwala has lasted just that much.
     
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    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    soon khujliwala will meet the same fate as Rakhi Savant, both expose to seek attention but noone is interested anymore.
     
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  6. tunguska

    tunguska Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    AAP Ethics and Report card can be summarized as follows:
    1. Character: Anaadi (BalikaVadhu)
    2. Work culture: Andolan
    3. Delivery: Big Anda (0)

    (From twitter)
     
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    GND mein danda
     
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    I think the Delhi elections will be along with NATIONAL ELECTIONS
     
  9. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    No i dont think that will happen
     
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    There are good chances for that, want to bet? Putting both elections together will reduce the cost of security and other things as compared to having 2 separate elections
    Ek ke saath ek free
     
  11. tunguska

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    Vo public dalegi.
     
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    One more lying of Kejriwal exposed as Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee backs Lt Governor Najeeb Jung's decision

    NEW DELHI: Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee today defended Lt Governor Najeeb Jung's decision to ask the AAP government to seek Centre's prior permission before introducing the Janlokpal bill in the assembly, saying he was merely following existing rules.

    "He (Jung) did not make the rule. As far as the rule is there... as far as the rule is not stayed or struck down by the court of law, the Lt Governor has to follow it.

    "LG did not make the rule. So the rule is there and one is supposed to follow it," Sorabjee told a news channel.

    AAP government had sought an opinion of the former Attorney General on whether it had the power to introduce the Janlokpal Bill in the assembly.

    He added that it was improper to blame the LG for his decision to not permit the introduction of the bill without Centre's prior permission.

    "Attributing this whole thing to him is very improper. My opinion is not the about the legality of the bill. It is about the power of the Lt Governor," he said.

    The Delhi government had asked Sorabjee whether Rule 55(1) of Transaction of Business Rules violates the Constitution and does the Central government have the power to make that rule under section 44 of the Government of NCT of Delhi Act.

    "My opinion was that Rule 55 (1) of the Transaction of Business Rules is ultra-vires. That rule requires a Lt Governor's reference to the Central government," Sorabjee said.

    He added that although his opinion was taken, which may be "good and sound weighty" but it was not a Supreme Court judgment.

    "So, till the rule is said or struck under the court, I think the LG has to follow the rule," he said.

    Sorabjee said he was disappointed with the way AAP government."I have said it in one of my columns that I have sympathy for them because they have struck a chord against corruption... but I am afraid that they have been swept away by over enthusiasm.

    "I hope the movement that started with a bang does not end with a whimper," he said.
     
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  13. The Drdo Guy

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    it's not insurmountable to be at top but it's more challenging to maintain that position.....kejariwal has not even dreamed of becoming CM but he has got the position by fluke and now he is dreaming of becoming PM and thinks the results will be like assembly poles in Delhi.....No sane person will vote for him because every one knows that their vote will become useless.The one who have voted for him will refrain to vote for him again as he has not delivered any of the promises he made....ARGO kejariwal
     
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    Predictions says this time they will get full majority....
     
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    Measurement liya hai ya free size chalega?
     
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