In a departure from its previous stand on full statehood to Delhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants the issue to be “reviewed”. Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari has said full statehood to Delhi could not be granted in totality and that the AAP-led Delhi government should hold an all-party meeting to deliberate upon the issue.
The BJP’s stand on the issue comes in wake of the special assembly session convened by Delhi government on according full statehood to Delhi.
The BJP has so far been supporting the status of full statehood to Delhi. The first such move was initiated in 2002 during the regime of Atal Bihari Vajpayee when the then home minister LK Advani had introduced a bill in the Parliament for making Delhi a full state.
Tiwari, however, alleged that the AAP was raising the issue now to divert attention from the “alarming water crisis” situation in the city as well as reports of its approaching Congress to have an alliance for Lok Sabha elections next year.
“The full statehood issue should be reviewed but the misbehaviour of Arvind Kejriwal and the way he confronts the office of LG and the Centre has held hostage the process,” Tiwari said. He also questioned Kejriwal’s “seriousness” on the issue.
“If he is serious on full statehood then why is he shying away from attending the special session of Delhi Assembly on the issue,” he questioned.
Raking up the issue of full statehood for Delhi in the assembly on June 6, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had listed projects and proposals of the AAP government, including appointment of anti-corruption ombudsman Jan Lokpal and implementation of decentralisation initiative Swaraj, that were stuck because of “interference” by the Centre and the L-G.
Tabling a government resolution seeking grant of full statehood status to Delhi, Sisodia had said there were “flaws” in the system which was why an elected government did not have power.
Dy CM Manish Sisodia attacks LG as he bats for full statehood for Delhi