Statehood resolution tabled in Assembly

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia arrives at the Delhi Assembly on Wednesday.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia arrives at the Delhi Assembly on Wednesday.  

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia says many governance issues would be resolved

From delay in implementing the Jan Lokpal Bill to instances of the Lieutenant-Governor’s “interference” with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government proposals, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday said a range of governance issues could have been resolved if Delhi were a full State.

On day one of a three-day special session of the Assembly, Mr. Sisodia tabled a government resolution seeking full statehood for Delhi.

While introducing the resolution, Mr. Sisodia listed out several pending policies and projects that could have been enacted had the State government had the powers of a full State.

‘Unique status’

“The Jan Lokpal could have been set up within six months of the Bill being passed and it would have been catching corrupt officers now. But instead the Bill passed by the Delhi Assembly is lying with the Centre,” Mr. Sisodia said.

He said that there were “flaws in the governance” of Delhi, which has a unique status under the Constitution. He added that all major political parties, including the Opposition BJP and the Congress, had supported the demand of full statehood for Delhi in the past.

With the Constitution giving the power of land, public order and police to the Centre, through the Lieutenant-Governor, Mr. Sisodia said the elected government of Delhi had less power than that of any other State.

“Should we expect the Prime Minister to be responsible for the work of cleaning a blocked sewer in Burari? Or is the Home Minister expected to be responsible for a case of sexual harassment in Rohini, when he has issues from Kashmir to Kanyakumari to deal with,” asked Mr. Sisodia.

Meanwhile, BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa said that the AAP government had “raked up the issue after three years to hide from its failures”.

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