Kejriwal quit after his push for the anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill was blocked in the state legislature by lawmakers from the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"I am no one. I am one among you. I have not come here for position. Today as Jan Lokpal Bill could not be passed our government resigned. Our cabinet has recommended that the Delhi Assembly should be dissolved and fresh polls be conducted,” he told his supporters.

MHA to send Kejriwal's resignation letter to President

45-year-old Kejriwal said his government was working day in and out for the welfare of the people of Delhi with utmost dedication.

“If I have to resign 100 times from the post of Chief Minister, I will...At last I will pray to God that we are small people. Please give us good thought so that we can sacrifice our lives for the good of the country,” he said.

Kejriwal accused both BJP and Congress of corruption.
“I remember, we were here when Delhi Assembly elections were announced. I remember addressing you from this window. We got 28 seats and we were not sure of making government. We had vowed that we will not take support of either BJP or the Congress,” said Kejriwal.

Arvind Kejriwal, the man in a hurry
“Congress forcefully supported us. We asked the people. They told us to take the support for as many days as possible and deliver the good work," he added.

Kejriwal's resignation scripted, pre-planned drama: Lovely

The Congress said Kejriwal's resignation was a pre-planned drama.

"As far as Kejriwal’s resignation is concerned, it is a totally scripted and pre-planned drama. As far as Congress is concerned, my party has reiterated that it is in favour of the Jan Lokpal Bill, but the way it was being tabled was totally unconstitutional," Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Arvinder Singh Lovely said.

Kejriwal resigns; recommends Assembly dissolution, fresh polls

He said Kejriwal should have followed the constitutional rules. "We voted in favour of the message sent by the Lt Governor to the Assembly. We have already cleared that if the Bill had come through constitutional procedure, we would have supported it," he said.

Asked what would be his party's next course of action, the DPCC president said that the ball has not come to the LG's court.

"After the Chief Minister's resignation, let the LG decide on this matter," he added.

BJP ready for fresh Assembly polls

On the other hand, the BJP said that it would seek a fresh mandate rather than form an alternative government.

Kejriwal quit to cover up his failures, says BJP

"I had said this on December 8 (after Delhi Assembly election results) that we do not have the number. We are even ready if election is held next week," Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Harsh Vardhan said.

Accusing Kejriwal of "failing miserably" to deliver on the promises made by him, the BJP leader said his party was "thoroughly committed to Jan Lokpal".

"We were never opposed to the Jan Lokpal Bill. Even today, we are thoroughly committed to the Jan Lokpal Bill," he said.

Attacking the AAP government, Vardhan charged Kejriwal had failed on all fronts and only made false promises.

AAP to continue as caretaker government

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government will continue to work as a caretaker government for four to five days, until the President accepts the resignation.


Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung is expected to give his report to the Centre on the follow up action on whether the national capital should be brought under a spell of President's rule or go for dissolution of the Assembly so that polls can be held along with the Lok Sabha elections.  

Thereafter, the Union Home Ministry is expected to forward Kejriwal's resignation letter for acceptance to President Pranab Mukherjee.

“The LG has said that we have to remain in our positions till our resignation is accepted. He feels it will take five to six days i.e. till Wednesday or Thursday, the decision will be made," said AAP leader Manish Sisodia.
“The government will work for 4-5 days, we will do our share of work, he added.


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