Delhi Assembly notice on Kejriwal for "open session" claims

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Kejriwal fishing in troubled waters?
New Delhi, Nov 18: Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said he had received a breach of privilege notice from Delhi Assembly for saying that, if voted to power in Delhi, his party would hold an open session at Ramlila Maidan to pass the Janlokpal Bill.

"The Assembly has served a notice for breach of privilege on me for saying I would call an open session of the House at Ramlila Maidan on December 29 to pass the Janlokpal Bill after forming the government," Kejriwal told reporters here.

The notice has been served on him upon a complaint by Mukesh Sharma, the Uttam Nagar MLA and Parliamentary Secretary to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who has alleged the AAP leader was misleading the people about holding an open session of the Assembly, Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal said if AAP came to power, it would pass the Janlokpal bill

Kejriwal had said that after coming to power, AAP would convene an open session of Delhi Assembly on December 29 and pass anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare's version of the Janlokpal Bill.

Kejriwal claimed that before making the said statement, he had obtained legal opinion and also consulted some retired bureaucrats, who said it could be done. "The Rules, which they have quoted in the notice, also provide a solution. All we have to do is to notify the area, and ensure that, apart from MLAs, no outsider enters the notified area," he said.

Justifying his view for holding an open session, Kejriwal had said that if we introduce the Janlokpal Bill in the House, then Congress and BJP MLAs would protest but, "if it's held in open, they can't oppose it in front of the people of Delhi".

PTI

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