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No need for full statehood for Delhi: BJP

The Delhi BJP on Tuesday attempted to corner the Aam Aadmi Party and the Delhi government over its pitch for full statehood for the Capital ahead of the Lok Sabha poll.

Accusing it of having failed to deliver on multiple fronts, party unti chief Manoj Tiwari said there was no need for full statehood status for Delhi when it comes to issues such as ensuring supply of drinking water, health benefits, clean air, good schools, electricity and cleaning the Yamuna.

“The anarchist Chief Minister of Delhi [Arvind Kejriwal] has not implemented the Ayushman Bharat scheme...Deputy Chief Minister [Manish Sisodia], who has been making tall claims in the name of education is misusing his official position and public money for appealing not to vote for BJP by writing letters to the school children,” Mr. Tiwari alleged.

He said AAP leaders have been “misleading” the people in the name of education and did not “open a single school or any college” in the past four years.

On the other hand, the Modi government had resolved to open 200 new schools on the lines of Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas.

The Modi government was “fully committed” to the cause of strengthening national security in opposition to “persons like Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Mr. Kejriwal and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee” who were “protecting” those seeking to “split the country.”

“The issues on which Mr. Kejriwal came to power in 2015 did not include full statehood to Delhi but he could not do anything in these four years. Now he is raising the issue statehood issue,” Mr. Tiwari added.

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