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AAP seeks Modi’s response on statehood for Delhi


Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Ahead of Prime Minister’s rally at the Ramlila Maidan, the AAP today sought response from Narendra Modi over the “tall promises” made by the BJP during the last assembly and Lok Sabha election on conferring statehood to Delhi and slashing electricity tariff.

The party said the BJP showed the statehood “lolipop” in the last assembly and Lok Sabha election and did not act on it.

It has also launched a Twitter campaign #DelhiasksPMModi ahead of the rally and asked people as to what their expectations were from the Prime Minister.

“PM addressing Delhi tomorrow for the 1st time. What are your expectations from him tomorrow?

“Tomorrow Modi ji addresses Delhi. He had promised full statehood to Delhi. Will he announce that tomorrow? Or will BJP do a U-turn on this issue also?” AAP’s convener Arvind Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.

Besides the issue of full statehood to Delhi, the former Delhi chief minister said reduction in electricity tariff by 30 per cent was also among the promises made by BJP in its poll manifesto before the last election.

“Before polls, BJP announced 30 per cent reduction in electricity rates. Delhi eagerly hoping that PM would announce that tomorrow #DelhiasksPMModi,” Kejriwal tweeted.

Speaking at the sidelines of a function, the former Delhi chief minister said the BJP has not only failed to slash the electricity tariff, but also could not curb inflation and corruption.

“Now I would like to remind Modiji about the promise that his party had made before last Delhi assembly election. Not only me, but entire people of Delhi want to know whether he would announce to slash electricity tarrif by 30 per cent.”

“Not only Electricity, inflation and corruption have also hit very hard to Delhities and people are very much, including me, are eager to know what our prime minister is going to say about these,” he said.

Working for statehood status to Delhi was promised by AAP, Congress and the BJP in last assembly and Lok election.

Senior AAP leader and former minister in the Kejriwal government, Manish Sisodia said the issue had multiple dimensions.

“The issue of statehood has aspects like law and order, land transactions and multiciplity of agencies. The law enforcement agency should be under the direct control of the elected government of Delhi.

“There is multiciplity of agencies in the national capital, which is hampering the work in the national capital,” Sisodia told reporters.