The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday asked the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) to clear its official stand on granting Delhi a full Statehood instead of giving conflicting statements over the issue.
AAP leader Gopal Rai said BJP’s leaders are giving conflicting statements due to the AAP’s movement towards attaining full Statehood.
Quoting media reports, he said Union Minister Vijay Goel allegedly said the BJP is in favour of full Statehood but it is not possible if the city has a Chief Minister like Arvind Kejriwal. Rai also referred to another media report in which Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari allegedly said full Statehood would not be part of BJP’s manifesto.
“What is BJP’s official stand on granting full statehood to Delhi? On one hand, Tiwari says it will not be granted to Delhi while Goel says full statehood would not be given as long as Kejriwal is the Chief Minister,” he said.
He said the BJP won all seven parliamentary seats in Delhi and still has not fulfilled its promise of granting full statehood to the national Capital,” Rai said.
“Now, the MLAs will burn the manifestos of the BJP’s in their respective constituencies on March 15 and ward in-charges will do the same on March 17 (Sunday),” he said.
Talking about coalition with the Congress, he said that talks on alliance might be late now. “There is a very big challenge in front of the country and it is late now to form an alliance. So the party has moved ahead with the agenda of full Statehood and alliance is not an agenda for the AAP,” he said
Earlier in Wednesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to Delhi people on full Statehood demand. In his letter to Delhiites, the AAP supremo had charged the Congress and BJP of betraying people on full Statehood. He had urged them to vote for the AAP in Lok Sabha polls so that full statehood could be achieved.
The demand to give the city full statehood status has been pending for two decades with the BJP’s Madan Lal Khurana Government making the first pitch in 1998. Now, the AAP has raised the issue again but the opposition the BJP and the Congress are said to be against the move.