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Delhi chief minister announces resignation to protest blocking of anti-graft bill

Published on Feb 14, 2014 11:10 PM
Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses media on January 21, 2014. Mr Kejriwal announced his resignation on February 14, 2014 to protest delays to the anti-corruption bill, after less than 50 days in office. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI - Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned on Friday night after only 48 days in office to protest the blocking of an anti-corruption bill at the state assembly, pushing Delhi towards yet another election.

His resignation came after a day of high drama in the assembly where 42 legislators of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress Party blocked the anti-corruption bill on the grounds that it should be approved by the federal government first.

Opposition legislators also tried to shout down Mr Kejriwal as he tried to speak in the assembly.

"This seems like our last session," Mr Kejriwal said in the Delhi assembly after it was clear that the bill had been blocked.

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