Asserting that Delhi can never have the same kind of administration or freedom as any other state, former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday downplayed the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Draft Bill seeking full statehood to Delhi and said that the common man party who is not able to properly govern the MCD how will it manage the working of a state.
Dikshit told ANI, “AAP is not able to govern a small unit like MCD, they are not able to pay the allowances of the workers of the MCD. How will they manage if they attain statehood for Delhi.”
“Delhi can never have the same kind of administration or freedom as any other state,” she added.
Dikhshit further said that statehood for Delhi has been a demand of all the governments who ruled the national capital in the past. “We had also demanded state hood but in a different manner, we asked for some part of police be given to Delhi Government, and representation of Delhi Govt in DDA,” Dikshit said.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier today made public the draft Bill seeking full Statehood to Delhi and commenced first-of-its-kind online public consultation exercise by inviting Delhiites to give their opinion on the constitutional status of the national capital. To attain statehood for the national capital was AAP’s one of the most prominent promises made during the Assembly elections which swept it to power last year.
Kejriwal on April 30 took to the micro blogging site and announced that his government was ready with a draft Bill aimed at obtaining full-fledged Statehood for the Capital. “Draft Bill for Statehood of Delhi ready. Will be soon placed in public domain for comments n suggestions from public (Sic.),” Kejriwal had tweeted.
Last year, the Kejriwal’s idea of holding a referendum on the issue was dubbed unconstitutional by constitutional experts and later on was shelved.