Centre snubs AAP, says no proposal to give full-statehood to Delhi

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New Delhi | Published: May 5, 2015 3:49:07 PM

Full statehood for Delhi is a key demand of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government which is being led by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

aam aadmi party newsThe first demand Arvind Kejriwal raised with both home minister Rajnath Singh, and with PM Narendra Modi was statehood for Delhi. (PTI file photo: Narendra Modi with then Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Delhi Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal during a meeting at 7 RCR in New Delhi on Thursday, February 13, 2015).

The Centre today said it was not considering any proposal to grant full statehood to the national capital, a key demand of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government which is being led by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“There is no proposal with the government for granting full statehood to Delhi,” Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said, replying to a question in the Lok Sabha.

The AAP has been demanding grant of full statehood to Delhi.

In the campaign for Lok Sabha polls last year, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP too had promised to declare Delhi a full state if the party came to power, noting that it will help ensure proper coordination between various agencies.

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BJP had swept the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi winning all seven seats with huge margins.

However, the party did not clearly spell out its position on the statehood issue in its vision document released ahead of Assembly polls in February. The party had come out with a vision document instead of a manifesto.

arvind kejriwal, aam aadmi partyIn the meeting, Arvind Kejriwal, accompanied by senior party leader Manish Sisodia, underlined the need for “constructive cooperation” between the Centre and the Delhi government and noted that political differences should not come in way of taking the city forward especially on full statehood for Delhi. (PTI file photo February 11, 2015)

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