New Delhi, Nov 28: Prashant Bhushan now raised demand for Arvind Kejriwal's resignation as Delhi Chief Minister. The former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member on Friday, Nov 27 claimed that Kejriwal should resign as he failed to keep his words in connection with Jan Lokpal Bill.
According to Bhushan, Delhi government's new Janlokpal Bill is different from what was drafted during the Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement, as the appointment and removal of an independent ombudsman will now be done by the state government.
Bhushan, a noted lawyer, said the bill "thrashes" all the principles of an independent Lokpal and it is "worst than a Jokepal" -- a term used by the AAP after the Centre passed its Lokpal bill, and that it was designed to fail.
Expressing his disappointment with Kejriwal and his government in Delhi, Bhushan said, "The Chief Minister, speaker, the Chief Justice of Delhi and the Leader of the Opposition will choose a Lokpal. This means of the four, three are from political class and two (the CM and the Speaker) are from the ruling party or the government."
"The dismal will be in the hands of the government as it prescribes removal by a two-third majority. Our fight was that the appointment and removal of Lokpal should be free from political interference," Bhushan added.
Led by activist Anna Hazare, Bhushan and his father Shanti Bhushan, along with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia, Kiran Bedi were among the leading faces in the fight for a Lokpal.