AAP govt to seek public opinion on draft bill for full statehood demand

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 16, 2016 23:31 IST
The move comes amid the ongoing turf war over administrative jurisdiction of the Delhi government with the Centre. (Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

In renewed efforts towards attaining full statehood for the Capital, a key poll promise of the Aam Aadmi Party, the Delhi government is likely to put a draft of the Statehood Bill in public domain later this week.

The move is aimed at cornering the ruling BJP at the Centre, which seems to be dragging its feet on the issue after demanding it for over two decades.

The move comes amid the ongoing turf war with the Centre over administrative jurisdiction of the Delhi government. The Delhi government has been demanding transfer of Delhi Police and the Delhi Development Authority — the land owning agency — to the state government.

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A government official said: “The constitutional provision mandates the Centre to pass a bill for granting full statehood to the Capital. But the Delhi government has drafted a bill that will be sent after incorporating suitable ideas from the city residents and experts.”

The draft bill will be put up for public opinion on the Delhi government website, he said.

Sources said the final draft of the bill will be sent to the Centre along with a resolution passed by Delhi assembly. “It will be a statement of intent. The BJP government will then have to take a call on the issue they have been doing politics upon for over two decades,” said an official.

Sources said the draft bill largely revolves around the one cleared by the Standing Committee and tabled in Parliament by the then Home Minister LK Advani.

A Delhi government official said: “We have no problem with NDMC area as it is governed by a separate act. For non-NDMC areas, there should be a unified body and separate police, which should be under the state government.”

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