New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal’s roller coaster ride as the Delhi Chief Minister came to an end on February 14, 2014 just 49 days after he assumed office along with his six colleagues as his government failed to table the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Assembly following a high-voltage clash with Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs on the floor of the House.
Just a few hours after facing a major embarrassment in the Assembly on Friday when Speaker MS Dhir was forced to call for vote on the introduction of the Jan Lokpal Bill despite Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung’s refusal, Kejriwal tendered his resignation.
The AAP government lost the vote with 27 MLAs in favour and 42 against, leaving Kejriwal with no option as he had made it clear that his continuation in office would depend on the fate of the anti-corruption Bill.
Addressing his supporters at the party’s Hanuman Road office, Kejriwal accused the Congress and the BJP of joining hands, and taking help from big business leaders like Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani in putting roadblocks in the fight against corruption. He said that he and his ministers have sent their resignation to the Lieutenant Governor.