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Will pass Jan Lokpal Bill within 15 days of coming to power: Kejriwal

Dec 25, 2013 06:08 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: As the President accepted Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung's proposal on government formation by Aam Aadmi Party, chief minister designate Arvind Kejriwal has said that they will cross all the hurdles and will pass the Jan Lokpal Bill within 15 days.

Kejriwal said that there are hurdles in the path to pass the Bill but they will overcome them and ensure that it is passed. "According to the constitution, the Delhi Assembly has power to make laws but in 2002 it was ordered that the state government needs to approach the Centre for any law to be enacted. However, everything will be managed and Jan Lokpal Bill will be passed," he said.

When asked how the Bill will be passed despite the constitutional hurdles, he said, "there are no constitutional hurdles. These have been created by the ones in power. Just wait and watch. The Bill will be passed," Kejriwal claimed.

Kejriwal's Cabinet will also be sworn in on December 28. The Cabinet will include former journalist Manish Sisodia representing Patparganj, Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti, former journalist Rakhi Birla who is an MLA from Mangolpuri, Saurabh Bhardwaj from Greater Kailash, Satyendra Jain from Shakur Basti and Girish Soni from Madipur.

AAP has claimed that it has already started working on its manifesto. Kejriwal said that 700 litres of free water will be provided to all families within 24 hours of their taking charge. They are also working on implementing their electricity tariff promises.

"We have already started working on our manifesto implementation and data collection has started. A lot of issues will be sorted instantly. 700 litres of water will be made free within 24 hours," asserted Kejriwal.

They have also said that they will target those found guilty of corruption - including those from the previous Congress government maintaining that Congress support to the AAP government is immaterial.

Kejriwal said he will invite anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare to the national capital once the date of the swearing-in ceremony is announced by Najeeb Jung.