Arvind Kejriwal appeals Modi to grant full statehood to Delhi

Vastavam web: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant full statehood status to Delhi, an issue that the ruling AAP is raising emphatically in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Tuesday announced holding a door-to-door campaign to tell people how the BJP had done “injustice” to them on the issue.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Chief Minister and AAP national convener Kejriwal appealed to the BJP government at the Centre to grant full statehood to Delhi, claiming it was also promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reacting to the prime minister’s greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh on their Statehood Day on Twitter, Kejriwal tweeted, “Sir, Delhi is also waiting for its statehood day. U had promised to the people of Delhi that you wud grant full statehood to Delhi. Kindly do it sir. People of Delhi have faced injustice for 70 years now (sic).”

As part of its strategy for the general election, the AAP will distribute the BJP’s manifestoes for previous elections, including that for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, to remind people that the saffron party had supported the demand for full statehood to Delhi. Also the party’s student wing the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) has been energised for effective participation in the full statehood campaign.

The ruling AAP has revived its demand for full statehood after a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court agreed that the Centre should have the final word on posting and transfer of bureaucrats in the national capital administration, but disagreed on finer details, resulting in a split verdict and referral of the matter to a larger bench. AAP’s Delhi unit convener Gopal Rai on Wednesday said 1,000 coordinators would be appointed for effectively running its door-to-door campaign for full statehood, in which students and youth will play a crucial role. “AAP demands the BJP clears its stand on full statehood,” Rai said, added many leaders of the saffron party had in the past struggled for Delhi’s statehood and L K Advani had even brought a motion in the Parliament over it.