Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday backed the AAP government’s demand for full statehood for Delhi.
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.
Kumar’s assurance came during a meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Delhi Secretariat. Slamming the Centre, Kumar said people had voted for Kejriwal and that they would hold him responsible over governance issues.
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“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,” Kumar said after meeting Kejriwal.
“The issue of Delhi getting full statehood is going to be one of the major issues in Parliament this year as promised by Kumar,” a source said.
The Bihar chief minister’s assurance comes at a time when the AAP government and the Centre are locked in a turf war over appointment of bureaucrats.
The Kejriwal government has accused the Centre of interfering in the affairs of the Delhi government through the Lt-Governor’s office. The offices of the CM and the Lt-Governor have also sparred over bureaucratic appointments in the capital that has led to a peculiar situation where there are two home secretaries and two Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chiefs in the city.
With Kumar backing Kejriwal on his demand for full statehood, it is understood that the Bihar chief minister has Kejriwal’s support over the AAP not putting up any candidates in Bihar elections. Sources said Kumar not only assured Kejriwal that he would raise the issue of statehood in Parliament but also try to garner support from other political parties to corner the BJP on the issue.