New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that he will sit on an indefinite hunger strike from March 1 to demand full statehood for the national capital. Stating that democracy had been implemented in the entire nation except for Delhi, CM Kejriwal said that public votes determine a government yet the government does not have any power here.
Speaking at the Delhi Assembly, he said, “From March 1, I will begin hunger strike. I am going to fast till we get statehood. I am ready to face death.” Adding that the entire Delhi needs to launch a movement for the full statehood, Kejriwal asserted that he won’t stop till Delhi gets its full statehood.
The development, however, came after the Supreme Court said last week that the Centre had the power to order investigations against corrupt officers in the national capital and not the Delhi government. The apex court had also left the decision on who controls Delhi officers to a higher bench following a difference of opinion between the two judges.
Addressing both the centre and state governments, the court had said mutual cooperation is essential to serve people. Kejriwal had retorted saying, “The Supreme Court order goes against democracy.” He had said his government will seek legal remedies.
Kejriwal had called the SC’s verdict against the “constitution and democracy” and warned that he may even enter Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence to stage a sit-in protest to demand full statehood for the national capital.
“This time, if need be, we will enter the Prime Minister’s house to stage a dharna to push for our statehood demand,” he had said.
On Thursday, the Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief had promised full statehood to the national capital in two years if the party won all the seven seats. Kejriwal had also promised that he would get every family a house to live in the city if his party won the general elections in the city.