Narendra Modi should address issue of statehood at Delhi rally, says AAPhttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/ahead-of-pms-delhi-rally-aap-raises-bjps-statehood-promise/

Narendra Modi should address issue of statehood at Delhi rally, says AAP

AAP sources said the rally will is formal launch of the BJP campaign; competition is expected to gain momentum.

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A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a rally at Ramlila Maidan, the AAP on Friday raised a series of questions — from full statehood status being given to Delhi to the rise in power tariff and inflation — that the PM should address during his Saturday speech. Speaking to reporters, AAP leader Manish Sisodia said, “It is a good thing that the PM has taken out time to talk on Delhi after seven months. In these months, Delhi has witnessed a rise in prices, power cuts, communal tension.”

PM addressing Delhi on Saturday for the 1st time. What are your expectations from him? “Tomorrow Modi ji addresses Delhi. He had promised full statehood to Delhi. Will he announce that tomorrow? Or will BJP do a U-turn on this issue also?” AAP’s convener Arvind Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.

Sisodia listed out the BJP’s pre-poll promises and asked if any of them had been fulfilled by the party after it came to power at the Centre. “In two consecutive poll seasons, the BJP has said it will reduce power tariff by 30 per cent.

What happened to that promise? How is the Centre’s decision on unauthorised colonies different from Sheila Dikshit’s provisional certificates that residents of these colonies were provided? What is the benefit that these residents are supposedly receiving when they do not have access to civic amenities?”

“We are afraid that an environment of empty slogans and false promises will come up in Delhi. We want to contest the elections on issues,” he said.

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On the issue of full statehood, the AAP said the issue has been presented as a “lollipop by the Congress and the BJP”. The party said neither of them took any measures when they were in power in Delhi.

“Harsh Vardhanji, in many tweets, had promised that Delhi will be granted full statehood when the BJP comes to power at the Centre. There has been a U-turn on the issue. On July 16, 2014, Kiren Rijiju said there was no such proposal under consideration of the Centre at present,” AAP leader Ashish Khetan said.

AAP also raised concerns relating to other civic issues which Delhi residents face.

AAP queries for BJP
* When will the BJP get the audit of discoms done in Delhi
* Since when can people, living in unauthorised colonies, get their registries done
* When will Haryana start giving Delhi its due share of water through Munak Canal
* When will the corruption in the MCD be stopped
* When will the Centre notify the SIT recommended by the AAP government to bring out the truth of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots
* When will BJP reduce power tariff by 30 per cent

 

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