Vote for Delhi’s statehood, says Arvind Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday urged voters in the national capital to vote to make Delhi a full state.

AAP leader said that Delhi, despite being the second highest tax contributor in the country gets only a fraction of what other states get from the central government.

Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal said, the polls are very crucial for the people of Delhi. So far people have voted to choose a Prime Minister. But this time they will be voting for statehood.

The chief minister further said the Centre spends only Rs 325 crore on the National Capital while Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh get Rs 26,000 crore and Rs 1.5 lakh crore, respectively.

Kejriwal also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of hypocrisy by promising that it will grant full statehood to Delhi during the last election but then going back on the promise.

He said because Delhi was not a full state and doesn’t have law and order under its ambit, crimes, especially against women, have increased. “Once we get statehood, we will ensure that women roam freely even at night,” Kejriwal added.

On alliance with the Congress. Kejriwal expressed confidence that all seven AAP candidates will win.

Kejriwal accused the Congress of putting the party’s interest ahead of the nation.