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Delhi protest leader quits government

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NEW DELHI — Arvind Kejriwal, a protest leader who was vaulted into the top post of Delhi’s city government after a startling electoral victory, resigned from his seat Friday after just 49 tumultuous days in office, saying his central anticorruption initiative was being stonewalled by legislators from India’s two well-established parties.

Kejriwal had threatened to quit unless the state Legislature passed the Jan Lokpal Bill, which would create a body responsible for investigating complaints of corruption against public officials. The threat initially sounded melodramatic, but by Friday, the assembly had descended into pandemonium, and his motion to introduce a vote on the bill was defeated.

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