Bringing the Jan Lokpal bill to contain corruption was a key election promise made to the voters by his Aam Aadmi Party(AAP).
"To establish Swaraj in the country, CM's seat can be sacrificed thousand times. I have not come here to become the CM," the AAP supremo told reporters. "I did not come here to become the chief minister. I have come here to remove corruption from the country.
"I am ready," he said when asked whether he was ready to quit on the issue of Jan Lokpal and Swaraj Bills.
The Jan Lokpal Bill and Swaraj Bill will be tabled on the floor of the Delhi Assembly on February 13, the chief minister said. In a House of 70, AAP's strength has been reduced to 27 including the Speaker after its MLA Vinod Kumar BinnyBSE 0.47 % was expelled from the party while the Congress has eight legislators. The BJP has 32. "Corruption is extremely important issue and I will go to any extent," Kejriwal said.
Asserting that both Congress and BJP will never allow passage of the bill, Kejriwal had said since the government has decided to probe the alleged corruption in Commonwealth Games projects, Congress' "pitch" has become more "shrill" in this regard and also there are allegations against BJP, which is in power in MCD for past seven years.
Kejriwal's comments yesterday came two days after he sent a strongly-worded letter to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung asking him to protect the Constitution and not the interest of Congress and the Home Ministry, saying they were keen on stalling his government's Jan Lokpal bill. (PTI)