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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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Modi is anti-Dalit, will defeat BJP in 2019: Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media

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Rahul Gandhi becomes president of Congress as mother Sonia Gandhi steps down
Rahul Gandhi steps in as President of Congress, Wikipedia

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.

Rahul Gandhi becomes the president of Congress as mother Sonia Gandhi Steps Down
Rahul Gandhi is against Modi and his rule.

“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.

Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Rahul Gandhi says Modi controls the Media. Twitter

Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS

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