NEW DELHI: The anti-graft Jan Lokpal Bill, which the AAP government has promised to table prior to every assembly session so far, may not see the light of the day even during the winter session beginning on November 18. Unlike in its earlier 49-day tenure in 2013-14, the Aam Aadmi Party government wants to exercise “due diligence” in bringing the legislation–a tardy process.

“We have decided to do everything as per required procedure unlike last year when the Lokpal legislation was sought to be pushed through in the assembly regardless of the prior approval of the central government,” said a Delhi govern mentofficial, not wishing to be identified.

High-level sources in the government said that the anti-graft legislation was yet to be accorded clearance by the Delhi cabinet prior to being referred to lieutenant-governor Najeeb Jung. The LG will forward the Bill to the Union home ministry which will then consult the law ministry .

An AAP insider said there were more important tasks that needed attention.”Providing food and shelter to the common man in the national capital is far more important,” said the AAP insider who did not want to be named.

Considering the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government’s thorny equation with the Centre, all this is unlikely to happen before the session that is not even a fortnight away .

On February 14, 2014, Kejriwal had resigned as CM of Delhi after the Congress and the BJP had opposed the introduction of the anti-graft bill over it not being approved by the Centre.

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Source: TOI-Delhi