A day before Parliament session starts, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday addressed the Prime Minister directly, demanding full statehood for Delhi and drawing Narendra Modi’s attention to the “deteriorating” law and order in the capital.
In a radio ad aired across the country and addressed to Modi, Kejriwal said, “Sir (PM) aap to jante hi hain, Delhi Police pe Delhi government ka kisi tarah ka koi control nahi hai. (You know that the Delhi government has no control over Delhi Police). Lawfully, it comes under you and you have not been able to give time to Delhi Police. Aap to desh ke PM hai, aapko pura desh sambhalna hai. (You are the country’s PM and you have to run the country). Delhi Police par kisi ka control nahi bacha hai. (Delhi Police is out of control),” the CM said.
Kejriwal was careful not to sound anti-police. “Sir, aisa nahi hai ki policewale kharab hai, unka system kharab hai. (It is not the policemen who are bad but the system is corrupt). These people are suffering. I request you to take out an hour every week from your busy schedule for Delhi Police or give Delhi Police to us. Delhi Police should be held accountable,” he said.
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In his appeal, Kejriwal referred to the girl who was stabbed 32 times in the capital last week. The chief minister said people in the area where the girl lived were scared and fear had gripped their hearts.
“A few days ago, a girl was stabbed 32 times in broad daylight… She was eve-teased and I went to meet her family. I met the people in the area too. They are saying that they are afraid. Delhi Police cannot be seen in the field. Law and order situation has deteriorated,” Kejriwal said, adding that women feel unsafe in the capital.
Kejriwal said he will improve the police system with the help of people. “Janta ke saath mil ke hum Delhi Police ki system ko theek karenge. Jahan Meenakshi ka katl hua tha Anand Parbat pe, wahan police ka koi bandobast kara dijiye,” he said.
Kejriwal’s appeal to Modi comes days after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar backed the AAP government’s demand for full statehood. Assuring that his party would raise the issue of full statehood in the upcoming Parliament session, Kumar said the AAP government in the capital should have full powers to decide the transfer and posting of bureaucrats.
“Delhi should get full statehood status. People cast their votes with lot of enthusiasm to form a government. People know who they are voting for. They think that from law and order and crime to police, all come under the government’s control. In Delhi, police don’t come under the state government. People won’t understand that,” he said.