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Reasons: Why Delhi CM Kejriwal's resignation is imminent today


Arvind Kejriwal
New Delhi, Feb 14: Arvind Kejriwal is likely to resign today as Delhi Chief Minister following his previous statement saying he will quit as CM if Delhi assembly fails to pass Jan Lokpal Bill.

According to sources, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung's letter to the Speaker stated that if the government tables the Jan Lokpal Bill, it will be unconstitutional.

Delhi Law Ministry Somnath Bharti, meanwhile, advised that Jung had power to veto the bill if it is introduced or passed without being cleared by the Centre, as the Jan Lokpal will be partly funded with central funds.

If the government tables the Jan Lokpal Bill, it will be unconstitutional

Congress also called for a vote on Jung's letter, which will be read out in the assembly. Congress spokesperson said, "A bill with financial consideration needs the involvement of the Lieutenant Governor. This is not a kangaroo court, Mr Kejriwal wants to write his own Constitution."

Kejriwal, however, rejected the view that he has to take the Centre's sanction and has said he will resign if his pet proposal, which creates an ombudsman or "Lokpal" to investigate corrupt government officers, is not passed. "For Jan Lokpal, will quit a 1000 times," he said earlier this week.

The main opposition party -- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also claimed that it will not support any move that violates the Constitution. BJP said that Jung, as a representative of the Centre, must clear the bill before it is brought to the legislature.

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