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Kejriwal's 'attitude' responsible for full statehood demand being stuck: Tiwari

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Manoj today said that the AAP's demand for full statehood to should be looked into but Arvind Kejriwal's "attitude" to confront the Centre and the has held the process hostage.

The BJP chief alleged that the ruling party was raising the full statehood issue now to divert public attention away from "alarming water crisis" in the city and reports of it approaching the for a political alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha election next year.

"The full statehood issue should be reviewed but the attitude of and the way he confronts the office of and the Centre has held the process hostage," told reporters.

government ministers and have been at loggerheads over several administrative issues, including a project to install CCTV cameras in the city and its proposed doorstep delivery of essential services.

Granting full statehood to Delhi is one of the main electoral promises of the AAP, in the absence of which it has frequently clashed with the BJP-led Centre over matters of jurisdiction since coming to power for the second time in 2015.

The government had drafted a bill for full statehood two years ago but the matter lingered on without any conclusion.

Unveiled in May 2016, the draft bill envisaged complete administrative power, including police, law and order and land to the Delhi government, leaving governance of the (NDMC) area with the

But today questioned Kejriwal's "seriousness" on the issue. "If he is serious on full statehood why is he shying away from attending a special session of on the issue," he said.

Water shortage is affecting a number of people in Delhi, while the government is "unable" to address the situation, he said, adding that reports say the party is trying to form an alliance with the for next Lok Sabha elections.

"Both these issues are enough to wipe out politically and its leaders are trying to divert attention of the people from it by raising the full statehood demand," Tiwari said.

On June 6, Deputy in the assembly listed his government's proposals, including appointment of an anti-corruption ombudsman and implementation of decentralisation initiative Swaraj. He said these proposals were stuck because of "interference" by the Centre and the

Tabling a government resolution seeking full statehood for Delhi, Sisodia then said there were "flaws" in the system which was why an elected government did not have power.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 20:10 IST