The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday launched a nationwide anti-corruption drive and will hold a string of rallies under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal, who quit as Delhi chief minister, party leaders said.
Arvind Kejriwal, who resigned as Delhi's Chief Minister yesterday, today said he may continue to stay in his official accommodation at least for the next three months.
In his report, Najeeb Jung today refused to dissolve the Delhi Assembly, thereby rejecting Arvind Kejriwal's recommendation in his resignation letter last evening.
- We will fight elections again
- I am not disappointed
- I am ready to lose the Chief Minister's chair for the Country
- Nowhere in the Constitution that the Delhi government has to take Centre's permission to present a Bill. Why should we send the Bill then
- Our inside information was that they will create a ruckus, but allow the Bill to pass. However, after our move against Mukesh Ambani, we got info that they would not pass the Lokpal Bill
- They were afraid of what I would do next, They wanted me to resign at any cost
- People brought these complaints to us
- Both Congress and BJP spent sleepless nights after we filed an FIR against Mukesh Ambani
- This government had given some wells to Mukesh Ambani, the expense of extracting gas from the well is $1 but government gives him $4 and it will be soon revised to $8
- When this happens, electricity rates will increase, fertilizer rates will increase, food will become expensive
- I will write to Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi asking them what rate they will offer Mukesh Ambani when they come to power
- The wells belong to India and its people. If we have given them the wells and asked them supply gas, why will they charge international market price
- I am ready to face anything for this country. We have put everything at stake
- (On governance) Sheila Dikshit kept saying for five years CAG audit cannot be done, we did it in five days
- They couldn't curb corruption, but we managed to reduced it
- Government hospitals did not have medicine supplies, the situation has changed now
- (On resigning) We had already said we won't compromise on corruption. I am not here for power but I am here to eradicate corruption
- We have left it in the hands of people, if they want us back in power, they will have vote us into power
- If there are no assembly elections, then I will focus of Lok sabha elections
- (On contesting against Modi) I have no desire to become a hero by fighting against Modi
- Two motives: not to allow dynast, communal, corrupt into power
- (On not being in power being disadvantageous) We don't see advantage and disadvantage, politcal power is not an issue
- If corruption decreases, people will have education, food
- The elections will be fought under my leadership, but I haven't decided if I will fight or not
- I have no house right now. I will stay here until my daughter's exams are over.
- AAP's political affair's committee met and congratulated Arvind Kejriwal govt
- It has set a precedent of a government which is willing to give up power
- Since BJP and Congress MLAs were screaming we are 40, they should now step forward and form the government in Delhi
- We urge them to pursue the cases we have lodged...These are important not only for Delhi but also for India
- AAP will not take it campaign all over India
- It will begin with a rally in Haryana on February 23
- Second rally is on March 2 in Uttar Pradesh
- Both these rallies will launch AAP's national campaign
- Arvind Kejriwal has submitted his resignation letter to Lieutenant General addressing it to the President. Resignation has been accepted
- AAP's political affairs committee will meet again and discuss the future strategy (On Kejriwal fighting Lok Sabha elections)
- Congress and UPA have become politically irrelevant in these elections
- Congress and BJP have joined hands to save Mukesh Ambani ('Super sarkar'Ambani)
- BJP-Congress coalition must now form the government
- BJP and Congress' collaboration has now been exposed
- Delhi government had registered six major FIRs which we would like to be followed up
- There are two FIRs in the CWG scam, five in the Jal Board scam...we hope these probes won't be stalled by the future government
- The biggest FIR is against Ambani, Moily... let that probe continue
- I have seen for myself how streetlights worth Rs 5000 are sold for Rs 27000
- Yesterday in the Assembly, Congress and BJP MLAs were shouting we are 40 to oppose the Janlokpal bill - it's clear that they are together
- AAP is the only party which is fighting against corruption
- Jan Lokpal Bill was part of our manifesto, we couldn't make a law against corruption
- But BJP and Congress joined force to save corrupt Ambani
- We will not be in government if we can't bring in anti-corruption law
- AAP is strongly behind Kejriwal in his fight against corruption
- On February 23, we will launch our anti-graft movement from Haryana
- We will agitate against people like Kalmadi, Bangaru Laxman and Babulal Bokaria
- 'Jhadu chalao bhemano ko harao' is the campaign that we will be running
"This will be discussed at the party's meeting. Arvind (Kejriwal) may or may not contest Lok Sabha election, but the party will fight the polls under his leadership."
Despite the blistering resignation speech, Arvind Kejriwal will have to run a caretaker government in Delhi for a few days. This message was delivered to Mr Kejriwal after he met with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to submit his resignation. Delhi being a Union Territory-state, Mr Jung is not bound to go by the advice of the outgoing chief minister and his council. The L-G will need to apprise President Pranab Mukherjee about the development. Meanwhile, the AAP will continue to be a caretaker government which cannot take any policy decisions.
Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit has accused Arvind Kejriwal, who resigned this evening as Delhi Chief Minister, of being a "negative person, a glib-talker and a smooth liar who was looking for an excuse to run away".
Arvind Kejriwal today resigned as Chief Minister after his anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill was blocked in the Delhi Assembly by MLAs of the BJP and the Congress. Though Mr Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) government was only in power for 49 days, it was a tenure riddled with controversies.
- We had sworn to not accept BJP, Congress' support
- We asked the people and they asked us to accept support aand work for them
- Out biggest promise was to pass Janlokpal bill and to pass laws against corruption
- Congress gave it to us in writing and said they would support it
- They didn't even let us introduce the Bill
- They joined hands with BJP
- BJP and Congress meet every day behind a curtain. Their true face was face revealed today
- Ambani said 'Congress meri dukaan hae, can buy whenever I want'
- Ambani has been running the UPA for the last 10 years
- The moment we laid hands on Ambani, BJP and Congress joined hands
- For the last on year, Ambani is behind Modi too. Where is Modi getting so much money from
- I am against those who rule the government out of fear for Mukesh Ambani
- After FIR, Mukesh Ambani said AAP government is a thorn in my side
- They fear that more than half of them will go to jail if bill gets passed
- So far, we have only attacked Ambani and Moily. So they decided to join hands against us
- I haven't come here for power. Today we resigned
- I am willing to let go off my seat 100 times for Janlokpal bill
- Hold elections immediately in Delhi
- I will go to the Lieutenant Governor next and recommend dissolution of the assembly and fresh elections
- Our cabinet has taken this decision
- We have been working day and night since we formed government
- We have spent sleepless nights and worked sincerely
- Forgive us for mistakes, if any
- We are humans
- They say we don't know how to govern
- They would have reduced power tariff in 5 years. We managed it in 5 days
- If we would have accepted bribes and offered some to BJP, Congress, then they would've appreciated us
- They broke mikes and tore papers yesterday
- Gave bangles to one of our ministers. Does BJP respect women?
- Centre sees itself as the British goverment. Delhi's Lieutenant General sees himself as the viceroy
- We came here with no experience
- We were hoping to learn from the senior and more experienced members here
- Disappointed with everything I have seen so far
- Mikes were broken, papers were torn
- (on interruptions) I have listened to you without interrupting, now please give me a chance to speak
- I read the Constitution, but I didn't find anywhere that it is alright to rip papers, and break mikes in Assembly
- It is being said that we have done something unconstitutional. The Constitution does not mention anywhere that the Centre's permission is needed.
- Mukesh Ambani gives donation to Congress and BJP
- If we hadn't gone against Ambani, this scene would not have been created in the Assembly
- BJP and Congress have together looted the residents of Delhi
- I will make 1000 sacrifices to fight corruption
- We will fight on the streets
- We are not here to save our government, but to save the nation from corruption
- This seems like our last session
The Aam Aadmi Party government's victory was short-lived, as opposition fury forced Speaker MS Dhir to take a vote in which the tabling of the bill was struck down.
- Place the letter from the Lieutenant Governor, let the house discuss that first
- Arvind Kejriwal can't digest his food till he blames someone everyday
- Don't spread lies about BJP being against Jan Lokpal and corruption. We are committed to it
- We have given a censure motion against the Law Minister. If you are trying to make history, ask the speaker to allow it.
- It's an insult to the assembly that Ravidass jayanti has been disrespected in this way
- Friday is also a private member bill day, so no government bills should be issued on this day
- Issue of Law Minister Somnath Bharti is serious and should be addressed first
- Stubborn attitude, bill is being bulldozed
- Lieutenant General has already said Bill can't be presented
- I believe this is unconstitutional
- We have written to the Chief Minister and said that support was given based on 18 points
- Congress' support continues. There is no doubt about that
- One of the 18 points was Jan Lokpal Bill. We support the bill
- We are repeatedly telling Kejriwal that no one is above the constitution
- I was disturbed to hear that Kejriwal said Congress is against Jan Lokpal Bill. I request him not to spread rumours
- Kejriwal also said BJP,Congress have come together - We don't need his certificate. Congress, BJP can never come together. There is an ideological difference.
- The AAP government will be listed in Guinness book of world records for lying
- We will support Jan Lokpal bill if it is brought in by constitutional means
- We will see what happens in the assembly
Anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal has shaken up India's political landscape with promises to change a rotten system: Now he is scrambling to dispel fears that his populism and rabble rousing could be a liability for Asia's third-largest economy.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that the Delhi assembly will meet in a special session from the 13th to 16th of this month to debate and vote on the anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today accused the companies that supply power to Delhi of "blackmail" after they warned of power cuts starting tomorrow that could last 8-10 hours in Central and East Delhi.
He said he does not see the need for banning khap panchayats or unelected all-male village councils that often endorse harsh treatment of women because they serve a "cultural purpose."
Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party that stormed to power in Delhi last month plans to field 350 candidates in Lok Sabha elections due by May.
A Congress lawmaker today disrupted Arvind Kejriwal's one-month anniversary press conference deriding his Aam Aadmi Party government as "radio Jhootistan (liars)."
Congress MLA Asif Mohammad Khan interrupts presser, calls AAP govt 'Radio Jhootistan'
The MLA from Okhla wants his party to withdraw support from the AAP government. He said, "Today they refused to take any action on the Batla House encounter. Why make promises when you will not take any action? In your (AAP's) manifesto - the Batla House encounter was a point."
- Our VIPs should live like the aam aadmi.
- We gave up on luxuries that we were entitled to
- 'Fast' power metres in Delhi will be checked by a third party.
- We are bringing in honest, "saadgi bhari" government
- Corruption is very important for us. 'If anyone bribes you, please do inform us': this scheme is working.
- I have visited offices and people are saying now their work I getting done without bribing
- Corruption, bribes have reduced across many departments. We will have have to follow this up to see a bigger impact.
- Sikh community has been demanding an investigation into the 1984 riots. We have spoken to the Lt Governor and he will take action. An investigation committee needs to probe the 1984 riots.
- Water tankers were a big mafia. Their schedule has been put on the website.
- Nursery helpline is getting a positive feedback. Schools would demand donations. But this helpline is trying to help that situation.
- All government schools have been mapped to check what infrastructure is needed. Every school has been given Rs. 1 lakh for administrative purposes
- 58 night shelters (rain-basera) made. We know we have to do much more.
- 5500 NCR permits for auto-rickshaws; will help people commute from satellite towns like Ghaziabad and Noida.
- Contractual employees will be made permanent. But we need to follow procedures.
- If the striking employees don't come back to work, we will not consider them for regularisation. We can't afford to have 600 DTC buses off the roads.
- I have met some teachers on dharna - when is the last time a chief minister met protesters personally and listened to what they had to say?
- 150 seats in Delhi University governing bodies were reserved for the Delhi government. Congress leaders have occupied all of them.
- The recent dharna was for women's security in Delhi. Wrong or right, everyone has their own view on it.
- We have made a committee that will work on women security comprehensively. Retired home guards, army personnel to form part of this committee. It is not a parallel police force. They will be at your beck and call.
- Fast track trial courts need to be set up.
Arvind Kejriwal has demanded an investigation by the Special Investigation Team into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that followed the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.
Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today completes a month in power in Delhi and the review is mixed. What is your take?
Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today completes a month in power in Delhi and the review is mixed. The one-year-old party's unconventional style of governance has captured the imagination of many Indians, but the inexperience that seemed refreshing at first threatens to become the party's worst enemy.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Law Minister Somnath Bharti have been asked to explain whether they spent more on their recent election to the Delhi legislature than legally permitted. Both leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party or AAP have to respond by February 25 to the Delhi High Court.
Arvind Kejriwal has said that he has read the constitution and it does not say anywhere that the Chief Minister cannot stage a protest. (Read constitution, dharna by Chief Minister not unconstitutional, says Arvind Kejriwal)
This thought then crossed my mind - by the same convoluted logic, can the Prime Minister join the mob and blockade the Metro or state secretariat if there are perceived injustices or misdemeanors by Kejriwal's government? After all, the constitution does not say the PM can not do a 'dharna' and hold the Delhi State hostage? (read more...)
The tables were turned today as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal faced a protest on his turf by BJP lawmakers who demanded his controversial Law Minister Somnath Bharti's resignation.
Arvind Kejriwal's Law Minister Somnath Bharti hit back at President Pranab Mukherjee's comments against "populist anarchy".
A day after Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde hoisted a blue-chip controversy by declaring Arvind Kejriwal "mad," his party, the Congress, furnished a defense.
The Aam Aadmi Party said there was no evidence to suggest that he made racist comments or misbehaved with African women during a controversial midnight raid that he led at a south Delhi locality last week.
Mr Kejriwal called off his demonstration yesterday after Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung promised to fast-track an inquiry against policemen targeted by Mr Kejriwal's party for alleged inaction.
The morning after Arvind Kejriwal accepted what many see as a face-saving formula and called off his 33-hour protest in the heart of Delhi, his Aam Aadmi Party says it is the "principle that counts" more than the result.
All credit to the LG for using his good offices to resolve a difficult situation. Thanks Najeeb Jung saheb.- Yogendra Yadav (@AapYogendra) January 21, 2014
What appears to be a partial success today might prove to be a turning point in the history of Delhi's governance.- Yogendra Yadav (@AapYogendra) January 21, 2014
Some felt that we did not get our original demands. Nor did Gandhiji. He insisted on principles rather than concrete demands. So does AK.- Yogendra Yadav (@AapYogendra) January 21, 2014
The Delhi Chief Minister calls off his agitation after the Centre partially gives into his demands and sends two cops on leave. Is this a victory for AAP or does this send a dangerous precedent?