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Kejriwal's shock resignation part of 'bigger strategy'

Published on Feb 15, 2014 1:34 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Firebrand anti-corruption champion Arvind Kejriwal was clearing his desk on Saturday after quitting as Delhi's chief minister in a move that leaves him clear to lead his party into battle in a looming general election.

Only 49 days after his upstart Aam Aadmi ("Common Man") Party took power in the capital, Mr Kejriwal resigned on Friday night when the country's two main parties combined to thwart his efforts to bring in a new anti-corruption Bill.

Mr Kejriwal, whose stunning breakthrough in the Delhi state elections in December highlighted public anger towards the political establishment, launched a blistering assault on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Congress party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in his resignation speech.

Newspapers said his decision to quit so soon after taking power appeared part of a wider strategy which would free him to lead his party's campaign in a general election due by May.

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