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AAP and BJP engage in a tug of war on twitter over the issue of full statehood for Delhi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The ruling and the BJP engaged in a tug of war on on Wednesday, with Deputy questioning the saffron party why it failed to keep its electoral promise of granting full statehood to

In a series of tweets in Hindi, Sisodia argued with BJP Harish Khurana, who challenged the deputy for a public debate on the issue of full statehood for

Naming his father former Delhi Madan Lal Khurana, convener also slammed Khurana and and claimed that he was "speaking against his father who had martyred for full statehood to Delhi."

A furious Khurana also challenged Kejriwal for an open debate if he had "courage" to face his questions.

Sisodia asked Khurana, why Delhi was deprived of full statehood despite BJP promising it in its election manifesto.

"ji what I understand was also comprehended by late Sahab, but its sad that you have still not understood the anti-Delhi of Modi ji. Do not betray Delhi...just tell if Delhi should have full statehood or not ?" Sisodia tweeted.

Khurana replied by saying issues are solved through discussion and added many departments that did not come under came under it due to his father's talks with the Centre.

"You are crying over what you do not have. You could have done much with what you have. The powers of were known when you came to power.

"Excuses are being made because promises were not fulfilled. Why you did not demand full statehood before election time?" Khurana hit back at Sisodia.

He also challenged Sisodia for a public debate at a place and time of his choice over the issues of government's achievements and full statehood.

Sisodia, however, did not accept the challenge and sought to corner Khurana over his party's promise of full statehood.

"We can discuss the issues one by one here (Twitter)...I am raising the first issue..what did your government do on full statehood promised by you (BJP) in 2014 manifesto," Sisodia asked Khurana, pointing over 1.7 million users who were following their debate.

Khurana replied back saying Sisodia was avoiding a public debate on the issue because he had no answers for his questions.

The two leaders also sparred accusing each other for not taking initiatives for full statehood to Delhi.

Khurana asked Sisodia about process for achieving full statehood.

"Brother, your party promised full statehood in its manifesto. People voted believing in Modi's (BJP) formed the government. Now, you are asking me about process of a promise made by you," Sisodia replied.

The ruling AAP is campaigning for Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, by aggressively raising the issue of full statehood.

The AAP leadership including Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Sisodia, and others burnt copies of BJP's 2014 manifesto at the party office on Wednesday.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 19:57 IST