New Delhi: The Aap Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders on Monday wrote toMinisterinsiter Narendra Modi stating their demand for a full statehood to Delhi. Labour Minister and AAP leader Gopal Rai, who wrote to Modi, urged PM Modi to meet AAP legislators and “respect the feelings” of capital’s residents to grant full statehood to Delhi. Also Read - EC Calls All-Party Meeting In Kolkata As COVID Cases Surge In Bengal, Discussion Over Poll Campaigns Likely

The minsiter, along with over 40 party legislators rallied at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence to voice their demand. They claimed to have collected 10 lakh signatures in support of their demand, which they intend to submit to the Prime Minister. The AAP leaders later proceeded to the Sansad Marg in central Delhi, where they were stopped by the police from proceeding further. Also Read - Fact Check: Heritage Sites Including Taj Mahal to be Given on Lease by Govt? Here's The Truth Behind Viral Claim

The protesters held a sit-in on Sansad Marg while shouting slogans like “Dilli Maange Apna haq” (Delhi demands its right). The police later ferried the letters of support from Delhi residents to the Prime Minister’s residence. Also Read - Bengal, Assam Round 2 Polling Today: All Eyes On Mamata Banerjee Vs Suvendu Adhikari In Nandigram

On July 1, the party had launched a signature campaign on ‘Dilli Maange Apna Haq’ (Delhi demands its right) for getting full statehood, aiming to get signatures of 10 lakh persons on their demand.

Rai told IANS that problems pertaining to unemployment, college admissions, CCTVs and slum clusters would be resolved if Delhi attained full statehood. “Youngsters with 95 per cent marks are running from college to college but not getting admissions. If Delhi becomes a full state, we can build more colleges on Delhi’s land which will guarantee admissions in Delhi.”… we can also carry out projects like installation of CCTVs, which will guarantee added security to women in Delhi,” he said.

The Delhi Minister said that though the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had always demanded full statehood to Delhi, but now the BJP is brushing the matter under the carpet.