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Kejriwal Calls For Citizen’s Comments on Statehood Draft Bill

Kejriwal, said he will meet PM Narendra Modi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi to get support for the bill.

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Opening another potential flashpoint with the Centre, the AAP government on Wednesday released a draft bill on full statehood to Delhi, seeking to bring police, land and bureaucracy under its control, and invited suggestions from the public till June 30.

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Granting full statehood to the national capital is one of the major electoral promises of AAP, in the absence of which it has frequently clashed with the BJP-led Centre over matters of jurisdiction since assuming office.

In its manifesto, AAP had declared that it will push for full statehood acting within the constitutional framework and using its moral and political authority.

Last year, AAP had planned to hold a referendum on the issue, which was later shelved after experts said anything of that sort would be “unconstitutional”.

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