New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minsiter Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would favour Congress president Rahul Gandhi as a prime ministerial candidate if he supported the issue of full statehood for Delhi.

Talking to News18 India, the AAP chief said, “Whichever party forms the next government, excluding the BJP, will have AAP’s support only if it supports AAP on the issue of full statehood for Delhi.” When asked about Rahul Gandhi explicitly, Kejriwal asserted that the condition was no different for the Congress scion.

Maintaining his stand, Arvind Kejriwal also said that he would back Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee for the Prime Minister provided she supported the full statehood demand for the national capital.

On April 25, the AAP Chief had registered a blistering attack on Rahul Gandhi, saying “If the Modi-Shah duo returns to power, only Rahul Gandhi will be responsible.” This came after the alliance between the Congress and the AAP did not materialise.

Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday claimed that the BJP government is planning to demolish all the unauthorised colonies in the national capital where about 70 per cent of the city’s population resides. The AAP Chief alleged that the BJP is planning to demolish these colonies and give the land to builders who would then construct luxurious apartments on it. “About 70 per cent of the city’s population resides in unauthorised colonies, where will they go? We have been pressured by the Centre not to invest money in unauthorised colonies and we have also been told by government officials that the BJP is planning to demolish all unauthorised colonies once it comes to power,” he told reporters

The polling for eight constituencies in Delhi will be held on May 12, in the sixth phase of the general elections. The counting of votes will be conducted on May 23.