This Article is From Feb 10, 2014

I am not trying to topple myself, says Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

I am not trying to topple myself, says Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

File photo of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

New Delhi: "I am not trying to be toppled", said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as his confrontation with the Congress party appears to be breaching danger levels.

Mr Kejriwal's minority government in Delhi is propped up by the Congress. The partnership has been a garrulous one since its inception, but the new flashpoint is embedded in the anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill, which Mr Kejriwal has championed and plans to submit to the Delhi legislature on Sunday.

However, the Congress, which anchors the ruling coalition at the centre, says that any legislation that's being reviewed by the Delhi Assembly must first be cleared by the union government.

Mr Kejriwal, who vehemently disagrees, told NDTV that he will quit if he is blocked from submitting his proposal to Delhi law-makers at a special session starting this Sunday.

The Congress has alleged that the chief minister wants to resign because he is unable to deliver on the pre-election promises he made and because the inexperience of his fledgling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is now on public display.

"I am not trying to be toppled, that impression is wrong. I am doing my work. We are working day and night and working very hard," Mr Kejriwal told the Press Trust of India (PTI).

However, he says his stand on the Jan Lokpal Bill, which creates an ombudsman to investigate and prosecute corrupt government officers, is non-negotiable. "I am willing to sacrifice the post of chief minister not once but 100 times to fight corruption," he tweeted this morning.