Arvind Kejriwal threatens to quit as Delhi CM if Jan Lokpal Bill not passed1 min read . Updated: 09 Feb 2014, 11:08 PM IST
The AAP convenor faces lack of support from Congress and BJP to pass the anti-graft legislation
New Delhi: Upping the ante over the Jan Lokpal Bill, Delhi chief minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday threatened to resign if the anti-graft legislation is not passed by the state assembly due to lack of support from Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor said he does not have the right to stay in office if the contentious legislation does not get the approval of the assembly.
The Bill is opposed both by the Congress, whose continued support is essential for the survival of his seven-week-old government, as well as the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“To remove corruption from the country, can sacrifice chief minister’s seat a hundred times," Kejriwal said, adding the “government will fall if the Jan Lokpal Bill and the Swaraj Bill are not passed."
Bringing the Jan Lokpal bill to contain corruption was a key election promise made to the voters by AAP. “To establish Swaraj in the country, CM’s seat can be sacrificed thousand times. I have not come here to become the chief minister," the AAP supremo told reporters. “I did not come here to become the chief minister. I have come here to remove corruption from the country."
“I am ready," he said when asked whether he was ready to quit on the issue of Jan Lokpal and Swaraj Bills. The Jan Lokpal Bill and Swaraj Bill will be tabled on the floor of the Delhi assembly on 13 February, the chief minister said.
In a House of 70 MLAs, AAP’s strength has been reduced to 27 including the speaker after its MLA Vinod Kumar Binny was expelled from the party while the Congress has eight legislators. The BJP has 32.