Kejriwal favours referendum to grant full statehood for Delhi


New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party government of Delhi will again be locking horns with the central government. Reports have claimed that Chief Minister Arvinf Kejriwal is in the favour of a referendum for residents of the national capital to decide whether it should be granted full statehood.

The Urban Development department has been asked by Kejriwal to come up with a feasibility report specifying a timeline.

The demand of full statehood has been one of the Aam Aadmi Party’s foremost demands and had even featured in the election manifesto of the Aam Aadmi Party.

Speaking on the issue of granting full statehood for Delhi, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “Whenever there will be general consensus in the country on giving full statehood status to the national capital, it is possible. But till that is not done, full statehood rights cannot be given to the state government.”