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Lokpal was our top priority; no point staying in power after setback: Bhushan

February 15, 2014 13:30 IST

Holding the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress responsible for the fall of Arvind Kejriwal government, Aam Aadmi Party leader Prashant Bhushan on Saturday said the party was left with no option but to quit as implementing Jan Lokpal was their top priority.

"From the beginning, the Congress and the BJP were against this bill and that is why they didn't support the government. Both party leaders don't want the country to be corruption-free," he told media persons.

Bhushan maintained that the AAP was not formed to get power, but for making India a corruption-free country.

"The AAP has been formed to root out corruption from the country. Passing Jan Lokpal in the Assembly was the first priority of the AAP government. As we were not allowed to  pass this bill, we did not have an option but to get out of the government," he said.

Kerjriwal on Friday resigned as Delhi chief minister shortly after his government was defeated on the issue of tabling of the Janlokpal Bill in Delhi assembly in the face of a united resistance by outside supporter the Congress and the opposition BJP.

After the CM's resignation, the ball is now back in the court of the BJP and the Congress and both parties can stake claim to form the government in the national capital, Bhushan said.

"If the Congress and the BJP don't want to stake claim to form the government, the LG has no option but to dissolve the Assembly," he said.

Asked if AAP leaders are running away from their responsibilities, he said, "Our government also wanted to implement Mohalla Sabha in Delhi. As Congress and BJP leaders were also against this model, the party cannot run government.

"Getting official posts in the government was not the motive of our party. Our party's motive is to change the system, but we are not being allowed to implement our motive, there is then no benefit to run the government," he said.

Replying to his former ally Kiran Bedi's tweets -- "Did Delhi CM resign for Lokpal or Loksabha?” Bhushan said she has become a BJP supporter.

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