Kejriwal is keen on referendum for Delhi statehood, confirms government official

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Delhi could soon have a referendum to decide whether a full statehood status for the state should be proposed and whether a bill should be presented before the Centre for the same. A feasibility report has been sought by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from the urban development department for the same, a Delhi government official has confirmed.

“Do a referendum in Delhi. Draft a law and create machinery for referendum,” says a CM note accessed by Hindustan Times.

It is being reported that the CM has even asked the urban and legal departments to speed up work on the bill that will then be sent to the Centre.

The government is trying to get the election commission itself hold the referendum as that will carry more weight. In case that is not possible, the state government is ready to carry a referendum on its own. The issue was reportedly discussed by Kejriwal in a recent meeting with is ministers.

While the Delhi statehood issue was always a part of the AAP manifesto, the BJP had chosen not to include it in its referendum ahead of the February 2014 general elections despite vouching for it for years.

Although not in its orthodox form, ‘referendum’ has always been a centerpiece of AAP politics. Even when the party took the support of Congress to form government in Delhi in 2014, it said the decisions were taken only after the people’s go-ahead.

The critics of AAP’s referendum politics, however, say that the vote is not broad-based and that party members or politicians are usually the only participants.

 

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  1. AAP’S PROMISES ARE MEANT TO BE KEPT :- BOTH BJP AND CONGRESS HAD PROMISED AND BANKED ON THE FULL STATEHOOD OF DELHI. BUT AS ALL TRADITIONAL POLITICAL PARTIES ARE DOING THE POLITICS OF OPPORTUNISM, AS THEY GOT THE POWER TO RULE DELHI, CONVENIENTLY THE PROMISES ARE FORGOTTEN AND NOTHING MATERIALISED. BUT FOR AAP, TO PRACTICE ALTERNATIVE POLITICS TO SERVE THE DELHIITES FULL STATEHOOD OF DELHI IS IMPERATIVE SO THAT AAP CAN HAVE A FREE HAND TO GOVERN.

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  2. CONG+BJP HATEnLOVE COUSINS STEPMOTHERED, RUINED, CHEATED, DECADES-PROMISED STATEHOOD TO DELHI.
    AAP CORNERING CENTRE TO GRANT STATEHOOD OR FACE 96% DELHI ASSEMBLY DEMANDING SWARAJ REFERENDUM THROUGH CONSTITUTIONAL BODY OF CENTRAL ELECTION COMMISSIONER – SO AAP CAN FULFILL IT’S ELECTION MANIFESTO- PROMISE-LKE MANY OTHERS FULFILLED THUS FAR.

    WHOEVER ACCUSES AAP FIGHTING FOR STATEHOOD FOR DELHI AS ANTI-NATIONAL ….THEN….THEY ARE BRANDING THEMSELVES AS PERPETUAL CRIMINALS & TRAITORS OF THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA WITH FRAUDULENT STATEHOOD-PROMISES AND DECEIVING PEOPLE AT EVERY ELECTION IN LAST FEW DECADES.

  3. CONG AT CENTRE AND STATE ARE IN-HOUSE FAMILY AND
    WHEN OPPOSING PARTIES CO-EXIST-CONG & BJP BOTH CROOKED, LIKE COUSINS THEY HAVE A GIVE & TAKE…ACCOMMODATION FOR JOINT LOOTING.

    BUT WHEN EITHER CONG OR BJP ARE AT CENTRE WITH UN COMPROMISING CORRUPTION SOAKED POLITICS, REFLECTED IN THEIR DAY TO DAY SABOTAGING, INTERFERENCE AND POISONOUS, VINDICTIVE ROLE-
    &
    A PURITAN AAP IN THE STATE- THEY ARE FOOLS TO BELIEVE THAT AAP WILL NOT RESIST, CIRCUMVENT OR FIGHT BACK AS VICISIOUSLY BY DEMOCRATIC AND CONSTITUTIONAL MEANS PERMISSIBLE TO UPROOT CORRUPT & CROOKED CONG & BJP POLITICS.

    BY THEIR FROTHING ABUSIVE ACCUSATIONS WITHOUT ANY MATURITY OR
    INTELLIGENCE CLEARLY SHOWS THE DEPTH OF THEIR CESSPOOL CORRUPTION AND FILTHY POLITICS.

    FOOLISH OF THEM TO IMAGINE PEOPLE ARE STILL FOOLS EVEN AFTER CONG GOT THRASHED, SORRY . STRIPPED NAKED FROM 38>8>0….& STILL NOT LEARNING…SO ALSO BJP FROM 31+1=32 > 3 > HEADING FOR 0=ZERO.

  4. 96% DELHI-ASSEMBLY-POWERED 67 OUT OF 70 SEATS – AAM AADMI PARTY & KEJRIWAL TEAM SPEEDILY STARTING FULFILLING INCONTESTABLE MANIFESTO PROMISES…IN 4 MONTHS…& IS WORKING OUT DEMOCRATIC & CONSTITUTIONAL SOLUTIONS FOR PRESENTATION & IMPLEMENTATION BY CENTRE – FOR STATEHOOD FOR DELHI……

    WONDER WHO ALL HAVE LOST THEIR MARBLES ACCUSNG AAP OF BEING ANTI-NATIONAL & PRECIPITATING DANGEROUS TRENDS BY SUGGESTIONS OF REFERENDUM ?

    WHAT SHOULD ONE ACCUSE THOSE WHO, IN LAST 67 YRS, CONG & BJP WON ELECTIONS PROMISING STATEHOOD & OTHER FALSE PROMISES IN MANIFESTOS & NEVER FULFILLING THEM. ?????

    IS IT WRONG CALLING THEM BLOOD-THIRSTY LIARS, CHEATERS, FRAUDS, CRIMINALS, LOOTING DACOITS, & ANTI-NATIONAL, PERPETUAL TRAITORS WHO HAVE MURDERED DEMOCRACY & CONSTITUTION??????

  5. “AAP” is not a political party, Its a commitee / organisation of common people,desire to have their ‘Fundamental rights’.Both ‘bjp n congress’ has always cheated ‘DELHI’ public on most of the promises they made during “Elections’. Now as it is “public rule’ in delhi, it is must, they have freedom to make low n appoint officers ,for their[people] betterment , & not for their ‘political bosses’. So this is very very apprecitive step taken by “AAP” and all delhi public must support keenly. NEW ERA OF CLEAN , TRANSPERENT & CORRUPTION FREE” POLITICS HAS BEGUN IN INDIA, N ‘DELHI’ IS LEADING WHOLE NATION FROM FRONT. DELHI IS LUKY ENOUGH TO HAVE “ARVIND & AAP.”

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