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Delhi government resigns
February 14, 2014, 3:03 pm

Anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal, center, addresses his supporters with his resignation letter in his hand at Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man’s Party, headquarters in New Delhi, India, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 [AP]

Anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal, center, addresses his supporters with his resignation letter in his hand at Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man’s Party, headquarters in New Delhi, India, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 [AP]

After a tumultuous forty nine days in power, the Delhi government has resigned on Friday after an anti-graft bill pushed by the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) failed to muster support in the state Assembly.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a former anti-corruption  activist had earlier this week ordered a probe into India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani and Indian lawmakers over gas-pricing.

“We have come here to save the country. If we have to give up the chief minister’s post for the sake of the country, we will do it not a hundred times but a thousand times,” he said in the state Assembly on Friday evening.

The Delhi Chief Minister had ordered filing of a police complaint against Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily, Reliance Industries and its Chairman Ambani for creating an artificial shortage of gas in the country and raising prices.

The new entrant into Indian politics Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stormed into power winning the Delhi election in December with promises to fight corruption.

AAP is widely expected to wean votes away from the two main national parties, the ruling Congress Party and the right wing Bharatiya Janata Party in the upcoming general elections due by May.

AAP said this week it will release the first list of its national poll candidates soon as it sets its eyes on the national stage, buoyed by its spectacular success in the Delhi Assembly polls

“We will soon release the first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha seat for around 25—26 seats,” senior party leader and Political Affairs Committee (PAC) member Sanjay Singh said.

 

 

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