Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, AAP chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has once again taking up the issue of full statehood for Delhi, which was promised by BJP in its election 2014 election manifesto. He has announced today that he he will sit on an indefinite fast from March 1 on this demand.
“From 1 March we will launch the movement to make Delhi a full state and we will not end it till Delhi gets full statehood,” Kejriwal said. Revealing his plan to sit on an indefinite hunger strike, he said “Democracy has been implemented in the entire nation, but not Delhi. Public votes and elects a government, but the government has no power. So we’re starting a movement on March 1 and I will sit on an indefinite fast for the full statehood of Delhi.”
He had stepped up his campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls two days ago promising full statehood for Delhi in two years, if his party won all seven seats. In 2014 polls, BJP had won all seven seats and AAP came placed in second position.
Speaking at a gathering in north Delhi’s Azadpur, Kejriwal had said, “Ten years from the day Delhi is given the status of full statehood, I will give every Delhiite a concrete house to live in. This time do not vote to elect the Prime Minister. Vote to get full statehood for Delhi.”
Two days prior to that, he had taken to Twitter to appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant full statehood to Delhi. In his reaction to the PM’s tweet on Arunachal Pradesh’s statehood day. “Sir. Delhi is also waiting for its statehood day. U had promised to the people of Delhi that you wud grant full statehood to Delhi. Kindly do it sir. People of Delhi have faced injustice for 70 years now,” he Tweeted.