A day after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal threatened to resign if the jan lokpal bill – his party’s flagship anti-corruption legislation – was not passed in the assembly, Mundka MLA Rambir Shokeen withdrew support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi, claiming that Kejriwal was ignoring problems of rural Delhi.
This is unlikely to destabilise the government that continues to enjoy a simple majority — AAP has 27 MLAs in the 70-member House as well as the support of eight Congress MLAs and sole JD(U) legislator Shoaib Iqbal.
There is also no immediate danger of Kejriwal making good his threat to resign as the BJP has offered to support the passage of the jan lokpal bill, albeit conditionally.
Leader of the opposition Harsh Vardhan said his party would support the bill if it is tabled in the House through due procedure. “We will not oppose the Delhi Jan Lokpal bill though we may protest the process being adopted by the AAP government wherein the L-G and the Centre are being bypassed,” Vardhan said.