03/08/2015 10:39 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Congress Party Tells AAP Government To Constitute A Lokpal Within 15 Days

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - AUGUST 2: DPCC President Ajay Maken with congress supporters during a protest in all the 14 Districts of Delhi, demanding Lokpal Bill at Preet Vihar on August 2, 2015 in New Delhi, India. DPCC President Ajay Maken slammed the Aam Aadmi Party over not forming the Lokayukta. He pointed out that the 'shocking fact is that the AAP, which was formed over the Lokpal issue, left the government within 49 days, saying they were not allowed to form the Lokpal.' (Photo By Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Staging 14 demonstrations across the capital on Sunday, the Congress Party ratcheted up the pressure on the Aam Aadmi Party government to constitute a Lokpal (anti-corruption ombudsman) for Delhi within 15 days.

While alleging wrongdoing on the part of 29 AAP leaders, Ajay Maken, Congress Party president for Delhi, said that there is no avenue to register complaints since the post of the Lokayukta has been vacant since November 2013.

Maken mocked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by recalling that the first AAP government claimed to have stepped down because it was blocked from passing the Jan Lokpal Bill (Citizen's Ombudsman Bill) in February 2014.

At the time, BJP controlled 32 seats in the Delhi Legislative Assembly followed by AAP (28), Congress (8) and two others. Now, AAP controls the house with 67 seats followed by BJP with three seats.

In response to a plea filed by BJP leader Sat Prakash Rana, the AAP government recently said that it had moved to appoint a Lokayukta, and sent the name of a candidate to the chief justice of the Delhi High Court.

While Maken has vowed to step up its agitation if a Lokpal is not constituted within the next two weeks, there is also speculation that the Congress Party has adopted the anti-corruption issue to stay relevant in Delhi politics after failing to win even a single seat in the Delhi Legislative Assembly in February.

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