Delhi CM Promises To Campaign For The BJP If It Gives Full Statehood To Delhi


New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has offered to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 parliamentary elections if the Centre ensures Delhi full statehood.

Just before the Assembly passed a resolution on an issue it has been a political hot potato for decades, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday: “I want to tell the BJP that if, before the 2019 elections, Delhi is granted statehood, we will make sure that each and every vote from Delhi goes in your favour. We will campaign for you. If you do not do it, then Delhi residents will put up boards saying ‘BJP leave Delhi’.”

As a union territory, the capital’s administration is largely controlled by the Union government – a system that has often brought the state government and the Centre into conflict, particularly because the Delhi Police and land-related matters are not under the state’s purview.

On Monday too, Kejriwal accused Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and central investigating agencies of stalling his government’s functioning and staged a sit-in at the L-G’s residence till the time of going to print. The resolution urges the Union ministry of home affairs to table a Bill in Parliament to grant Delhi full statehood.

This is not the first time the Delhi assembly has passed a resolution. In 1988, when Sahib Singh Verma was the chief minister. A resolution was passed and a draft bill was sent to the Centre.

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