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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A top official of Home Ministry indicated that Delhi won’t be granted full statehood, by stating that nowhere in the world any capital city has such a status.

“Full statehood was not granted to Delhi even at the time when the BJP was in power in both the Capital and the Centre. Nowhere in the world does the country’s capital city enjoys a full statehood status,” a top Home Ministry official said as reported by an English daily.

Reportedly the ministry, in a reply in Parliament last month, had also said that there was no proposal before it to grant full statehood to Delhi.

The BJP had made a promise of granting full statehood to Delhi before the 2013 elections, which was echoed by the BJP during the Lok Sabha polls as well. However, its manifesto before the 2015 elections did not mention anything on the full statehood demand.

Talking about Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s demand for full statehood, the official said,  “Yes, Kejriwal had raised this matter with the home minister. But the same is not likely to happen.”

As reported by the Economic Times, the ministry also sees little merit in Kejriwal’s earlier demand to ‘bifurcate’ the Capital with the Centre retaining its powers over land, police and public order in NDMC areas with the rest of the Capital being under direct control of the chief minister.

“That will breed total confusion and is ruled out as well,” another official said.

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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization
The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization

The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)