Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that he will sit on an indefinite hunger strike from March 1 demanding complete statehood for Delhi.
“From 1st March I will begin a hunger strike. I am going to fast till we get statehood. I am ready to face death,” Kejriwal said.
Speaking in the Delhi Assembly, Kejriwal said that democracy has been implemented in the entire nation, but not Delhi. “I want to say to Modi that he should take care of Pakistan and leave the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Delhi Police to us,” Kejriwal added.
“PM is unable to handle national issues, why is he bothered about MCD, Delhi Police. He should worry about national issues. Let us handle Delhi,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Andolan is the only way out of this crisis. People of Delhi have to come on streets to fight for full statehood. Kejriwal questioned, “Why is democracy being denied to people of Delhi? Elected gov. of Delhi has no powers to work efficiently for the people of Delhi.”
“I cannot repay the debt of my Delhi for all that the people here have given me in my life. It will be my proud privilege to lay down my life fighting for Delhiites rights. Delhi deserves full statehood & must get it at all costs,” the chief minister said.
The decision came after the Supreme Court last week gave control of the Anti-Corruption Bureau to the Centre saying only it has the power to order investigation against corrupt officers and not Delhi government.
The apex court also left the decision on who controls Delhi officers to a higher bench following a split verdict between two judges.