Bhushan sends a warning: Govt may not last, cases against Cong will go to Janlokpal
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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Prashant Bhushan said on Monday that his party's government in Delhi "may not last long". The activist-lawyer said "one of the first steps" that the AAP government would take after the creation of the Janlokpal something AAP has promised to do — will be to "refer all corruption cases against Congress leaders and ministers to the anti-corruption ombudsman".
"Considering the track record of the Congress in pulling down governments that it first supports, I think the (AAP) government may not last long. We are mindful of this fact. But if the Congress does so, so be it. It will have to answer to the people," Bhushan told The Indian Express.
Asked why AAP was then forming the government in the first place, Bhushan said, "That is the wish of the people after the BJP refused to form the government. After the referendum in which overwhelming majority of Delhi voters asked AAP to form the government, we had no option."
Bhushan conceded there was "very little time" to fulfill the huge expectations from the government. "But what if the voters had given us a majority? Wouldn't we have formed the government then? We know we are in a race against time, especially with the kind of expectations people have from us. We have decided to take the plunge."
Bhushan denied he had differences with Arvind Kejriwal on forming the government. "In fact, I was among those who favoured the strategy of going in for a referendum on our future course of action. Everybody is of the same opinion," he said.
Talking about the possibility of the AAP government filing cases or "putting Congress leaders in jail", Bhushan said: "There is always the due process of law. Once the Janlokpal is in place, we are committed to refer all allegations and complaints of corruption against the outgoing government and its leaders to the Janlokpal." However, no list of such cases had been drawn up yet, Bhushan said.
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