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Lok Sabha Elections 2019:BJP must state stand on full statehood for Delhi, say AAP leaders

AAP’s Delhi unit convener Gopal Rai said that on March 15, all MLAs will burn the BJP’s manifesto from the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in their respective constituencies while all ward in-charges will do the same on March 17.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Mar 15, 2019 09:33 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Gopal Rai at a press conference, at AAP office,  New Delhi, Thursday, March 14, 2019.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Gopal Rai at a press conference, at AAP office, New Delhi, Thursday, March 14, 2019.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo )
         

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to make public its official stand on granting full statehood to Delhi, saying its leaders are giving conflicting statements on the matter.

AAP’s Delhi unit convener Gopal Rai showed a series of old video clips, in which BJP leaders Harsh Vardhan and Vijay Goel promised full statehood for Delhi. Rai announced that the AAP will now go full throttle on the issue and take it to every assembly constituency and municipal ward.

“On March 15 (Friday), all MLAs will burn the BJP’s manifesto from the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in their respective constituencies. All ward in-charges will do the same on March 17 (Sunday),” he said. On Wednesday, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal burnt the 2014 BJP manifesto, in which they promised full statehood to Delhi.

The chief minister, in several public meetings across the national Capital, has promised that once Delhi attains full statehood, AAP will give 85% reservation to local people in jobs and colleges. He also promised a house to every family, which is eligible to vote, a house in the city within 10 years of attaining full statehood.

Besides promising effective law and order to ensure women’s safety, Kejriwal also said that the party would have halted the sealing drive process in five minutes.

Rai also quoted a media report in which Union minister Vijay Goel is alleged to have said that the BJP is in favour of full statehood, but it is not possible if the city has a chief minister like Kejriwal. He also referred to another media report in which Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari allegedly said that full statehood would not be part of the BJP’s manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, which will be held on May 12.

“What is the BJP’s official stand on granting full statehood to Delhi. We want an answer on that. On one hand, Tiwari says it will not be granted to Delhi, while on the other hand, Goel says it will be given but not as long as Kejriwal is the chief minister. The BJP is rattled by the AAP’s movement towards attaining full statehood,” Rai said.

On Wednesday, Kejriwal had said that the upcoming polls will be fought on the issue of full statehood. He had criticised Modi for not fulfilling this promise as mentioned in BJP’s 2014 manifesto. “It amounts to cheating. They (the BJP) should come clean,” Kejriwal had said.

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First Published: Mar 15, 2019 09:33 IST