Kejriwal's threat to resign 'shrewd' tactic: Congress

Congress on Sunday termed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's threat to resign over Jan Lokpal Bill a 'shrewd' tactic to run away from responsibility and said it will support the proposed legislation provided laid down procedures are followed.

hidden February 10, 2014 08:25:02 IST
Kejriwal's threat to resign 'shrewd' tactic: Congress

New Delhi: Congress on Sunday termed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's threat to resign over Jan Lokpal Bill a "shrewd" tactic to run away from responsibility and said it will support the proposed legislation provided laid down procedures are followed.

Kejriwals threat to resign shrewd tactic Congress

Arvinder Singh Lovely. IBNLive

"Nobody is above the law. The Chief Minister wants to run away from responsibility. He is finding an excuse. It is a shrewd tactic," DPCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely told PTI.

He said Congress will fully support the Jan Lokpal Bill if the Kejriwal government tables it in Assembly following the laid down procedures.

"Congress has always maintained that it will support the Jan Lokpal Bill. Our only request to the AAP government is to follow the rules and respect the Constitution. The CM is not above the Constitution," he said.

The DPCC chief maintained that transaction of business rules for tabling any bill by Delhi government were finalised during the NDA rule in 2002 and they were even laid on the floor of Parliament.

He asserted that any bill having financial implication has to be cleared by the Centre before introduction in the Assembly.

"The Jan Lokpal Bill of Delhi has provisions which will overlap with the central Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, so it is mandatory for the state government to get clearance from the Centre. We will not allow any unconstitutional thing to happen.

"Even Delhi government's Home,Law and Finance departments have said that the state has to get clearance from the Centre on the issue," Lovely claimed.

DPCC chief spokesperson Mukesh Sharma said Kejriwal will be responsible if BJP comes to power in Delhi in the event of him resigning. "Kejriwal does not want to make Jan Lokpal into an Act, he just wants to run away from responsibility," he said.

Upping the ante over the anti-corruption bill, Kejriwal threatened to resign if his pet legislation is not passed by the state Assembly due to lack of support from other parties.

A day after he told PTI that he can "go to any extent" over the "huge" issue of corruption, Kejriwal said he does not have the right to stay in office if the contentious legislation does not get the approval of the Assembly.

PTI

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Rajnath Singh likely to make statement in Parliament today on India-China stand-off at Ladakh, claim sources
India

Rajnath Singh likely to make statement in Parliament today on India-China stand-off at Ladakh, claim sources

The Union defence minister's statement would assume significance in the backdrop of the Opposition demanding a debate on the issue

Congress-Left tie up will be 'game changer' in 2021 West Bengal polls, says Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
Politics

Congress-Left tie up will be 'game changer' in 2021 West Bengal polls, says Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

The Opposition leader added that his focus will be to dent the vote share of both TMC and BJP, and "restore secular ethos" in the state

Farmers’ outfits, Opposition support Karnataka Bandh; won’t let functioning of offices, transport be affected, says govt
India

Farmers’ outfits, Opposition support Karnataka Bandh; won’t let functioning of offices, transport be affected, says govt

Yediyurappa said his government was pro-farmers, adding there was no 'scope' for the agitation against the amendments to APMC and land reform acts