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LG vetoes Lokpal bill, AAP won’t give up


New Delhi, Feb 14 :

Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung has written a letter to the Delhi assembly Friday that the Jan Lokpal bill may not be considered for discussion as it was not approved by him.Since the bill is not approved by me, it may not be considered for discussion,” reads the letter, sources told IANS.

The letter has been addressed to the Delhi assembly and is with Speaker M.S. Dhir.

Najeeb Jung, Lt Governor, Delhi
Najeeb Jung, Lt Governor, Delhi

But the AAP said it was determined to go ahead with the bill.

Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said the AAP government would not drop the Jan Lokpal bill that seeks to curb corruption in high places.

“The letter has been sent to the speaker. Once he reads it in the assembly, then we will decide what has to be done,” Sisodia told reporters outside the Delhi Secretariat.

He said the government would go to any extent to pass the bill and also the Swaraj bill, which seeks to devolve power of governance to people in the form of “mohalla sabhas”.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is desperate to pass the bill, which aims to check corruption in high places, during the four-day session, which started Thursday.

The government planned to table the bill Thursday but deferred it for a day as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he wanted legislators to go through the draft legislation first.

Kejriwal has threatened to resign if the bill is not passed.