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Delhi not property of individual or party to decide statehood issue: Kejriwal

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Wednesday said the national capital is not the property of any individual or party and the people of would decide if it is granted full statehood, as he raised the pitch for one of his party's key demands.

Claiming that people of have been exploited and cheated for the past 70 years, Kejriwal said city says the national capital cannot be given full statehood as its minister protested in front of the Rail Bhawan.

"Tiwari says cannot be granted statehood as I had sat on a dharna. Tumhare baap ki Dilli hai (Is Delhi your family property?) Who are you?" Kejriwal said referring to Tiwari.

"I want to ask and the BJP that when Mamata Banerjee protested in was made half state, when protested in over the Narmada issue, was was made a half state, when Chandrababu Naidu protested to give special status was it made a half state. In Bihar, Nitish Kumar protested, so should it be made a half state too?" he asked.

"Our freedom fighters fought for democracy, not Tiwari's or Modi's fathers," Kejriwal said.

He said Delhi is not the property of any individual or party to decide whether it would be given full statehood or not. "It is the people of Delhi who would decide if it would be granted full statehood or not."

He urged Delhiites to join his movement for complete statehood.

"The people in Delhi are ready for making sacrifices, without sacrifice and struggle Delhi could not be made a full state. had promised the people in Delhi that they would be given full statehood if they get all seven seats," he claimed.

Asserting that the upcoming polls will be fought on the issue of full statehood, Kejriwal criticised Modi for not fulfilling this promise as mentioned in BJP's 2014 manifesto. "It amounts to cheating. They (the BJP) should come clean."

The ongoing are also a part of the mass movement for full statehood for Delhi, he said.

The BJP had no intention of giving Delhi full statehood, the CM said, adding that his party plans to go full throttle over this issue in coming days.

The minister said once Delhi attains full statehood, the will ensure that women roam freely even at night and will also give 85 per cent reservations to local people in jobs and colleges.

Kejriwal also referred to the sealing of shops earlier this year and said, the party would have halted the process within five minutes.

"We would have (also) regularised contractual employees," he said.

The has declared candidates for six of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi.

The party launched its mega poll campaign, centred around full statehood for Delhi, on Sunday.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 22:48 IST