AAP to start statehood movement before polls


New Delhi, June 11: The Aam Aadmi Party has decided to make Delhi’s conflict with the Centre over the statehood demand the pivot of its mobilisation before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
After meetings of its national executive and its local MLAs, councillors and office-bearers, the AAP’s Delhi convener and Minister, Gopal Rai, announced the first 2 phases of the statehood movement, which would start next Sunday.
All 3 main parties in Delhi, including the BJP and the Congress, have supported statehood and passed resolutions ever since the Assembly was re-created after a constitutional amendment in 1992.
The capital had a short-lived Assembly from 1952 to 1956 which was dissolved on the recommendations of the State Reorganisation Commission.
AAP leader and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told party workers at his residence on Sunday: “In Delhi, the Viceroy was replaced by the Lieutenant-Governor. Delhi has been deceived…. We all must say, ‘LG, Delhi chhodo (leave Delhi)! We have to ask the public whether they want people’s rule or the LG’s rule. Shouldn’t there be 85% reservation for locals in the state Government?”
The Delhi Government enjoys all powers except those related to land, police and services – which give the LG superseding powers to transfer bureaucrats. Delhi High Court had declared the LG as the head of the government.
“Everyone can get a job and every person in Delhi can get a home of his own if we become a full state,” Kejriwal said.
“We will hold 300 public meetings from June 17 to 24. On July 1 at 3 p.m., we will hold a conference on statehood at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium,” Minister Rai said.
(Courtesy: TT)