Delhi CM designate Arvind Kejriwal promises Jan Lokpal Bill within 15 days

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Delhi Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday promised to bring Jan Lokpal Bill in 15 days. Delhi Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday promised to bring Jan Lokpal Bill in 15 days.
SummaryKejriwal termed the rule as "wrong" to seek Centre's nod to pass a law.

Delhi Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday promised to bring Jan Lokpal Bill in 15 days and termed the rule as "wrong" which makes it mandatory for a state to seek the Centre's nod to pass a law.

"We will bring Jan Lokpal Bill within 15 days...The constitution says Delhi Assembly can formulate laws except on some issues mentioned in the state list. The state cannot make any law in violation of the Centre's law," Kejriwal told reporters.

"In 2002, the Transaction of Business Rules was amended. It was added that the state government, while introducing any law, will take permission from the Centre.

"This (rule) is wrong. It used to happen under British rule where Indian government used to take permission from London," Kejriwal said.

"In Delhi, we have an elected government, so it is absolutely wrong. We will overcome every hurdle. We will not sit quite," said Kejriwal adding the "crisis" is created by the opposition and is not a constitutional "crisis".

Kejriwal also claimed his party will overcome every challenge in implementing the promises made to the people of Delhi.

"We expect many obstructions to come in the government's way but we will take them head on. Earlier they had challenged us to fight election. Then they said aam aadmi cannot run government. We will run government in a better manner," he said.

Kejriwal will take oath as Delhi Chief Minister on Saturday at Ramlila Maidan here, capping his party's stunning electoral debut in the December 4 assembly polls.

While releasing its manifesto last month, AAP had promised to bring the Jan Lokpal, or an anti-corruption ombudsman, within 15 days by calling an open session of Delhi assembly on December 29.

"This Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill would cover all the officials and employees of Delhi government, from the Chief Minister to MLAs. Under this law, it would be mandatory for everyone to declare their assets. The Lokpal would have full autonomy. Administrative, financial and functional independence and powers to take action public servants," Yogendra Yadav, head of AAP's manifesto committee, had said while releasing the manifesto.

Those found guilty of corruption would be sacked, sent to jail and their property would be confiscated, he had added.

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