New Delhi: Days after the Election Commission announced the Lok Sabha 2019 polls dates, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that this time Delhiites would be voting for statehood. Further, Kejriwal lashed the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre for allegedly ‘exploiting’ the national capital.

“The polls are very crucial for the people of Delhi. So far people had been voting for electing the PM. But this time they will be voting for statehood. In that sense this election is very important,” Kejriwal said during a press conference.

“Ambedkar had drafted the Constitution and had envisaged equal value of vote. Been 70 years, people of Delhi are being exploited relentlessly. Delhi’s share of IT is only second to Mumbai,” the Delhi CM said.

Kejriwal said that the Centre spent less on Delhi as compared to other states such as Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.

Further, Kejriwal asked the Centre to “come clean” on the statehood issue. Kejriwal said, “Tiwari has said that he is not in favour of granting statehood. Modi had promised statehood. It amounts to cheating. They should come clean.”

Talking about law and order, the Chief Minsiter said, “Law and order, drugs, illicit liquor, thuggery, police doesn’t listen to people. Police comes directly under the HM and PM. Once we get statehood, we will ensure that women roam freely even at night.”

Further, Delhi CM expressed confidence about winning in the upcoming polls. “We can see statements from the Congress that they are not in favour of coalition. As per our internal surveys, it seems all our seven candidates are going to win. There are reasons: The work that we have been carrying out in unauthorized colonies. The BJP’s conduct during the Indo Pak tensions is backfiring. People are not happy,” he said.