The AAP sought to corner the BJP, which controls civic bodies, while BJP hit back claiming that the action had less to do with MCDs and more with the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and the District Magistrate of the area.
Manoj Tiwari hit back, saying: “Your mammoth failure as CM is hitting hard on your face. Delhi understands your frustration and this is why you are shamelessly attacking my late father, who took immense pride in his poverty and was a far bigger nationalist, unlike you.”
A special three-day session of the Delhi Legislative Assembly was held in June to discuss the demand for full statehood for the national capital. The AAP-majority Assembly had even passed a resolution in this regard.
The CM suggested that until the demand for statehood is met, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi should be chosen by the people. The conference, attended by around 5,000 party workers and leaders, marked the launch of a full-fledged movement for separate statehood.
“Grant us full statehood before the Lok Sabha polls, each and every vote in Delhi will be polled in your (BJP's) favour; we will campaign for you. If not, you will be thrown out by the people,” Arvind Kejriwal said.
“When people in other states vote and pay taxes, they are ruled by their elected governments. But in Delhi, despite voting and paying taxes, the government elected by the people has no power. This is an insult to the Constitution of India,” Gopal Rai said.
Opening another potential flashpoint with the Centre, the AAP government today released a draft bill on full statehood to Delhi, seeking to bring police, land and bureaucracy under its control, and invited suggestions from the public till June 30. An all-party meeting will be held on the issue, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said while urging […]