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Indian anti-graft crusader quits Delhi government

Friday - 2/14/2014, 11:50am  ET

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal says he has resigned as the top elected official in the New Delhi state government after lawmakers blocked the introduction of a bill to create a strong ombudsman in the Indian capital.

Kejriwal's resignation Friday came after the Congress party, which backed his 49-day-old minority government, voted with the opposition to block the bill.

He told his supporters that the Congress party was scared that its officials who had ruled the Indian capital for the past 10 years would be prosecuted on corruption charges if the law came into force.

Kejriwal has led protests and hunger strikes against government corruption. They include sit-ins demanding public access to government documents, lower electricity rates and transfer of control of the New Delhi police from the federal Home Ministry.


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