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Kejriwal says AAP members shouldn't have called L-G a Congress agent

Feb 16, 2014 12:35 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Outgoing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal admitted that the Aam Aadmi Party leaders should not have called Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung a Congress agent. Speaking to IBN18 Network Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Kejriwal said, "The words used against the Lieutenant Governor by some AAP partymen should not have been said. We should use our words carefully."

A war of words broke between Kejriwal and Jung over the Jan Lokpal Bill after the latter said that the Bill needed Centre's consent before it can be tabled in the Assembly. Following the remarks, the AAP accused Jung of working at the Congress's behest and throwing a spanner in the passage of Jan Lokpal Bill. "The L-G should be aware that he isn't a Congress agent," AAP member Ashutosh had said.

Jung went by the opinion of Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran. He had reportedly told Jung that the passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill without clearance from the Centre would be unconstitutional.

Kejriwal even wrote a letter to the L-G asking him, "How could you seek legal opinion from S-G when I haven't even sent you a copy of the Bill? Why didn't you consult me? You are like my father. I know you will be under pressure in the coming days from the Congress not to allow the passage of Jan Lokpal Bill."

The Aam Aadmi Party government in the national capital had resigned on Friday after it faced a major embarrassment in the Delhi Assembly after Speaker MS Dhir refused the introduction of the Jan Lokpal Bill. The passing of the Jan Lokpal Bill was one of the poll promises of the AAP and it was planning to hold a special session at Indira Gandhi stadium on February 16 for passing the Bill.