New Delhi: Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Ajay Maken has written a letter to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal pointing out the delay in “enacting the Jan Lokpal Bill”. He asserted that the party was preparing to raise the matter through protests and demonstrations as the Aam Aadmi Party had “hard sold the promise” during Delhi assembly elections in 2013 and 2015 that it would pass the Bill within one month after coming to power.

“Though six assembly sessions have already been held, no discussion about the introduction of the Jan Lokpal Bill has taken place. It has also been reported that the Jan Lokpal Bill may not be taken up even in the winter session, which is starting on November 18,” Maken said.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee will hold a demonstration outside Delhi assembly on November 18 demanding that the Bill be passed in the winter session.

Maken recalled that Kejriwal had resigned after being in power for 49 days in his first term saying that Congress was not supporting the AAP government in passing the Jan Lokpal Bill. “It is ironical that a party that had quit the government on this issue has failed to even get the basic clearance from its own cabinet despite being nine months in power in its second term. This amounts to blatant betrayal to the people of Delhi,” he wrote.

The Delhi CM was also questioned as to “why he was shying away from passing the Bill, though he had said in 2014 that it would be passed at the Ramlila Maidan. For the first time, the monsoon session was not held this year. Kejriwal had tweeted in September-end that the Bill will be introduced in the winter session.

“Kejriwal and Narendra Modi came to power on the issue of corruption, but the chief minister is now running away from passing the Bill in Delhi and the Prime Minister is not getting it passed by Parliament,” Maken pointed out, adding that there was no excuse for the Aam Aadmi Party government, having 67 MLAs out of 70, for not being able to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill.

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Source: TOI-Delhi