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New Delhi:  Stressing on its demand for a referendum on full statehood to Delhi, the AAP government on Monday warned it would not shy away from launching an agitation on the issue.

“It is a political issue. And if need be, we will launch an agitation. The AAP government will not sit quietly. No one can stop Delhi from getting statehood,” Delhi Law Minister Kapil Mishra said.

In a cabinet meeting last week, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the priority of the Delhi’s urban development department should be on statehood. He had asked for a referendum on the statehood to Delhi.

“People (in states) have rights over their land and police and the citizens of Delhi should also have these rights. Give to us what you are giving to other,” Mishra added.

“AAP has the political will. It is high time the people in Delhi got the statehood. We will not tolerate a stepmotherly treatment towards the people in Delhi,” the AAP minister said.

“The BJP and the Congress promised full statehood to Delhi. They forgot their promises, but the AAP did not,” he said.

“There will be no legal complications. Only the BJP and the Congress will backtrack from their promises they made (to the people),” Mishra said.

Constitutionally, Delhi is a quasi-state with the Lieutenant Governor as the state head. The LG also has control over law and order and land in the National Capital Territory (NCT).

In the past too, there have been demands from the Aam Aadmi Party for statehood for Delhi but the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the centre has remained unmoved.

“What is the harm in taking opinion from the public. Those who are afraid of taking people’s opinion are themselves ousted by the people,” the minister remarked. 

“Proposals stop when there is a lack of political will. L.K. Advani brought a bill in parliament (on the matter in 2003) but he could not get it passed even though his government was then in power at the centre,” he pointed out.

Congress leader Ajay Maken on Monday termed as “unconstitutional and a dangerous ploy with grave fallout” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s idea of conducting referendum on statehood for Delhi. (IANS)

 

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Kejriwal exposed as a liar: BJP leader

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, VOA
  • Arvind Kejriwal apologised to Bikram Singh Majithia
  • BJP leader says that this apology established himself
  • BJP also alleged that Kejriwal did nothing while state aced so many problems

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the drug trade, the BJP Delhi unit on Friday said he has exposed himself as a “liar”.

The BJP also alleged that he was doing nothing even while the people of the national capital were facing a number of issues due to sealing.

Arvind Kejriwal apologized to Bikram Singh Majithia. IANS

Addressing a press conference here, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit President Manoj Tiwari said: ” What we have been saying for long has been proved today. He is a liar. He has apologised to Majithia for making false allegations against him.”

“He is on his way to apologise to (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley ji and (Union Transport Minister) Nitin Gadkari ji for making false allegations,” the BJP leader said. Kejriwal is facing defamation cases in court for levelling allegations against Jaitley and Gadkari.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief on Thursday apologised to the Shiromani Akali Dal leader in Punjab for making allegations of involvement in the drug trade, following which the latter said that he will withdraw a defamation suit filed in an Amristar court.

Tiwari, who represents the northeast Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha, accused Kejriwal of misleading the people over the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta accused the AAP chief of only rendering “lip service” on the sealing drive and urged the Chief Minister to hold an all-party meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring committee overseeing the drive.

“Since December last, Kejriwal is only doing lip service on the issue of sealing drive. He has done nothing to stop it,” Gupta, the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said.

He said that though Lt Governor Anil Baijal cleared the file for notifying 351 roads in the capital on February 8, the matter is still pending. “Why hasn’t he (Kejriwal) notified the 351 roads in the last 45 days?” Gupta asked.

BJP leaders are calling this apology a gimmick.

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology. Gupta warned the Monitoring Committee members not to act outside the law and said: “If the monitoring committee acts against law, then the BJP will oppose it.”

“We are going to inform the three municipal corporations of Delhi not to follow the commands of the Monitoring Committee if it goes against the law,” he said. “The MCDs should approach the court and also make Kejriwal a party,” the BJP leader added. IANS