Arvind Kejriwal's AAP defies Lt Governor's advice, tables Jan Lokpal bill in Assembly

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BJP and Congress MLAs created trouble from the start demanding tabling of the communication of the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to the Assembly. BJP and Congress MLAs created trouble from the start demanding tabling of the communication of the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to the Assembly.
SummaryAs many as 27 MLAs favoured introduction of the Jan Lokpal Bill and 42 opposed it in the 70-member House.

Defying Lt Governor's advice, the Arvind Kejriwal's AAP Government today tabled the Jan Lokpal bill in Delhi Assembly but its introduction was defeated by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress MLAs, forcing the AAP party to rework their strategy on the contentious issue.

Amidst chaos following opposition demands for voting on the Lt Governor's advice to the Assembly against introduction of the Bill without following constitutional procedures, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tabled the Bill.

Trouble broke out immediately as Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress members opposed the government's move and shouted slogans, saying the government cannot violate the Constitution. They demanded the Bill is not introduced in the House.

Following uproarious scenes, the Speaker M S Dhir said Leave of the House has been sought for introduction of the Bill and a voting of MLAs was carried out in the House.

As many as 27 MLAs favoured introduction of the Bill and 42 opposed it in the 70-member House.

"Bill is not being introduced," the Speaker said after the voting.

After that, an appropriation bill seeking to give subsidy of Rs 372 crore to power distribution companies was taken up for discussion.

Earlier in the day, the BJP and Congress MLAs created trouble from the start demanding tabling of the communication of the Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to the Assembly.

After some uproar and short adjournments, the Speaker read out the LG's communication.

Reading out the contents of the letter, Speaker M S Dhir said under Section 22 (3) of the Government of NCT of Delhi Act 1991, the Jan Lokpal bill being a Financial Bill is to be send to LG for recommendation.

Also as per Rule 55 (1) of Transaction of Business of Govt of NCT Rules 1993, the LG is required to make a prior reference to the central government before being introduced in the Assembly, the LG said.

"The said Bill has not yet been duly placed before me by the Government of NCT of Delhi.

"As the Jan Lokpal bill is being introduced in the Legislative Assembly without following the procedure... I hereby send the message under Section 9 (2) of the Govt of NCT of Delhi Act, 1991 to the Legislative Assembly, not to consider the Bill unless it is introduced with the recommendations of the Lt Governor," he said.

The Lt Governor said the message may be conveyed to the Assembly before the Bill is introduced during the current Session.

Uproarious scenes continued after the Speaker

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