Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday urged his party workers for the slogan ‘L-G, Delhi Chodo’ (Lieutenant Governor, Quit Delhi) as the ruling Aam Aadmi Party announced a city-wide campaign for full statehood to Delhi. In an address, he said Mahatma Gandhi had launched Quit India campaign during the British rule, and the Aam Aadmi Party will run ‘L-G, Delhi Chhodo’ campaign.
He also said that in 1947, India got freedom from the British and all the viceroys were removed from India but in Delhi, the Lieutenant Governor was appointed in place of viceroys.
Talking about the campaign Arvind Kejriwal said that they will hold a meeting at 300 different places from June 17 to June 24 in the first phase of agitation. In the second phase of agitation, the workers will have a convention at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on July 1, where the next course of action will be decided, he said.
“Had a meeting wid ward level office bearers of AAP Delhi. Made strategy to take msg of full statehood to every house in Delhi (sic)”, the chief minister tweeted after the meeting.
“We would ask people (during meetings) whether there should be people’s rule or L-G’s rule in Delhi. L-G creates hurdles in our every project, be it the CCTV project or doorstep delivery of ration,” Mr Kejriwal said. During his address, the AAP supremo also pitched for 85 per cent reservation in recruitment for Delhi government departments.
“If we want to open colleges, they (L-G) do not allow. It is not the issue of just development….our ancestors had also fought for freedom of the country. Delhi gives Rs. 1.3 lakh crore tax to the Centre, but we get nothing in lieu of this…Every person in Delhi will get a good job and every family will get own house if Delhi is given full statehood status,” he said.
CM Kejriwal also targetted former Delhi CM Sheila Dixit and said that during her reign people were fed up with inflated water and electricity bills, as well as the poor condition of government hospitals. “During your (Sheila) tenure, your party’s government was at the Centre for ten years and your L-G was also there. I challenge you to run Delhi under Modi’s rule for one year,” Mr Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.
The AAP government called a special session of the Delhi assembly for it’s demand of full statehood. Earlier this week, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had tabled a government resolution in this regard. CM Kejriwal will speak on the issue on Monday in the assembly.