Politics

Kejriwal Releases Draft Delhi Statehood Bill

He plans to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP President Amit Shah and Congress President Sonia Gandhi to garner support for the draft bill.

Credit: Twitter

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New Delhi: Opening another potential flashpoint with the Centre, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on May 18 released a draft bill on full statehood for Delhi, seeking to bring the police, land and bureaucracy under its control, and invited suggestions from the public till June 30.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that an all-party meeting will be held on the issue, while urging the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress to “rise above differences”. Kejriwal even went on to quote from old BJP manifestos wherein the party had promised full statehood to Delhi.

“The BJP has struggled the most on the issue. They have consistently raised it. We are merely taking their resolve forward by inviting public opinion on this draft,” Kejriwal told a press conference here, when asked about the AAP’s action plan if the draft is rejected by the Centre.

Kejriwal said that he will write letters and also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP President Amit Shah and Congress President Sonia Gandhi to garner support for the draft bill, which proposes to keep the high-profile NDMC area within the Centre’s jurisdiction.

Kejriwal said that the final version of the draft would be prepared and a resolution would be passed by the Delhi assembly to this effect after June 30. “We will forward the resolution to the Centre, which in turn will have to bring Constitutional amendment,” he said.

“The draft has been put on the Delhi government’s website. Through its passage, we seek to fulfil the dreams of the Congress and the BJP. We should rise above the party lines. A special session of the Delhi assembly may also be called for passing the resolution,” Kejriwal added.