Kejriwal to release draft bill on Delhi statehood

AAP govt will incorporate few points in the draft bill and later will table in the coming session of the Delhi Assembly.

Published: 17th May 2016 07:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th May 2016 11:16 AM   |  A+A-


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (File|PTI)

NEW DELHI: Demanding full statehood for Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has planned to release a draft bill in the public domain to seek opinions and suggestions. By doing so, the Chief Minister is all set to open fresh round of confrontation with the Centre. 

After seeking suggestions, his government will incorporate few points in the draft bill and later will table in the coming session of the Delhi Assembly. Thereafter, the AAP government will sent the bill to the Centre for Parliament’s approval.

The Parliament is required to amend the National Capita Territory Act for statehood to Delhi.  Kejriwal has been demanding full statehood for Delhi.  

However, Congress and BJP slams the Delhi CM saying the move is to create an “environment of conflict” in the city. Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said the talk of full statehood for Delhi has been again floated by Kejriwal government to create a new clash point with the Centre.

“The power to make amendments in the Constitution is vested only with Parliament and the Delhi Government cannot pass any Bill for full statehood,” Delhi Congress presidnet Ajay Maken said.

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