NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked the Delhi Police on Monday to extend full support to the Arvind Kejriwal Government here.
“I would like to remind you that a new government has been formed in Delhi. A new party has got the mandate and a new government has been formed. I expect you to extend full cooperation to this newly-formed government so that it can pave the way for the city’s development,” he said at the 68th Raising Day parade of Delhi Police on Monday.
During the 49-day government of Kejriwal, there was a complete face-off between the Delhi Police and the then Delhi Government. Kejriwal sat on dharna and slept on the streets demanding suspension of five policemen. Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)rejected his demand, which led to a huge embarrassment for Kejriwal and his government.
As the Delhi Police reports to the Union Home Ministry, Kejriwal has been demanding full statehood and complete control over the police.
Keeping this in mind, Rajnath said the states needed to be developed so that the country might see all-round growth. “I would also like to assure the new government that the Delhi Police will extend all support for maintaining law and order in the city and will not let any anti-social elements disrupt development,” he added.
He said his government understood that unless states were developed, the country could not progress. “Our Prime Minister has also said the same thing; we believe that all states should be provided complete support rising above party lines so that India can be turned into a world power through cooperative federalism,” he said.
He also praised the Delhi Police saying that despite various challenges, they were doing a good job.
“Providing security to a diverse city like Delhi is an extremely difficult task. Despite the challenges, the Delhi Police’s performance has been excellent,” the minister added.