Full statehood: Delhi government takes first step towards referendum

The law ministry has also been asked to go over the legal issues regarding the matter.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2015 9:51 am
 statehood for Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi statehood, Delhi statehood referendum, AAP government,  delhi news, india news Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wants to hold a referendum over the issue.

Stepping up efforts to seek full statehood for Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wants to hold a referendum over the issue, ostensibly to seek the opinion of the citizens of Delhi on the issue. The government has asked the Urban department to prepare a draft on the provisions in law for a referendum and “create machinery” for such a practice.

After Kejriwal recently held a discussion on the issue with his cabinet colleagues, a note from the Chief Minister’s Office stated, “Do a referendum in Delhi. Draft a law and create machinery for referendum.”

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The law ministry has also been asked to go over the legal issues regarding the matter.

Demanding statehood for Delhi, Law Minister Kapil Mishra said on Monday, “Legal complications will not ensue. Only BJP and Congress will backtrack from the promise which they made. It is a political issue.”

“People in other states have rights on their land and police. The citizen of Delhi should also have these rights. We should get what others are getting, why should Delhi suffer,” he asked.

“There is no harm in taking the public’s opinion,” the law minister added.

Sources in the UD believe that the referendum can become a reality within 10 days. There is no provision in law under which the Election Commission of India can hold a referendum and hence, a state can hold a referendum only through the state Election Commission, experts said.

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  1. A
    Jul 7, 2015 at 4:16 am
    Playing with fire.
    1. E
      Jul 7, 2015 at 8:29 am
      Referendum is good but why only in DELHI ... after all, Delhi is NATION's CAPITAL ... it will be MORE meaningful to take referendum across INDIA ... !!! ... Its a matter of National Importance and Significance NOT just Delhi ... !!!
      1. L
        Jul 7, 2015 at 5:49 pm
        Full statehood Delhi can not be given unless national consensus is there. Delhi should not be given statehood . AK 49 will make it a slum and unbearable stench will be there.
        1. M
          Jul 7, 2015 at 1:01 pm
          The 3 City States that control the world are sovereign, corporate enies that are NOT part of the countries they are located in and with their own laws They are (1) City of London – design and control Banking & Finance systems (2) Vatican City – Religious & Spiritual Control (3) Washington DC – Political & Military domination (4) Which is the Next city in the list and who is the next World Leader ?????
          1. Propcons N
            Jul 7, 2015 at 9:21 am
            Delhi should be put under presidents rule governed and administered by Centre and Munciple corporations(East, west, north, south and centre), This is just not city it's capital city of india and is represented by all Indians not just delhi people who are basically migrant potion It doesn't require all this Dhrama, embly and MLA's, ministers for such small small wards/mohalla's and huge election expenditure every 5 years OR sometime just 49 days. The same money can be spent on the city infrastructure. It's quite visible where this elected govt is heading It's just enjoying govt resources and doing nothing what it promised basically It's going beyond it's limit and taking unconsutional route. He is really setting wrong precedent for others. This can impact national integrity and harmful to the nation. He should be stopped by all means...Centre should move all the amendments to take control of the capital city.
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