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.