Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal at the `Delhi's Village Dialogue` held at Chhatarpur, in New Delhi on January 4, 2015. ( IANS)

AAP Manifesto: Promises Full Statehood for Delhi, But How?

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders release Aam Aadmi party manifesto for upcoming Delhi assembly elections, in New Delhi on Jan 31, 2015.(Photo: IANS/Amlan Paliwal)

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has released its manifesto for the Feb 7 Delhi assembly elections, promising to give the city full statehood, besides subsidising power tariff.

The manifesto also promised safety to Delhi women by installing CCTV cameras, open 20 new colleges, clean drinking water at affordable prices and a free Wi-Fi zone in the capital.

Describing the manifesto as a sacred document like the “Gita, Bible, Quran, and Guru Granth Sahib”, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, who released it on Saturday reiterated his party’s roadmap to governance.”We wish to make Delhi as trade, tourist, education and service hubs. This will help in generating more employment in the city.”

On Janlokpal and Swaraj bills, he said they would be taken on priority once again. “We want every women to feel safe and secure. Over 10 lakh CCTV cameras will be installed across the capital. A security guard will be deployed in every government bus,” Kejriwal said.

He said the manifesto containing 70 points action plan would be implemented soon after coming to power as they had done in the earlier rule of 49 days. Power tariff will be reduced by 50 percent, he added.

Taking a dig at BJP for not coming out with a manifesto, Kejriwal said the BJP was shying away from making any promises as they had not fulfilled any of the promises they had made at the time of the 2014 Lok Sabha election. He said the BJP’s claim that people of Delhi do not want full statehood was wrong.

With regard to the Congress, Kejriwal said in its rule of 15 years, the party released three manifestos in which they had made tall claims, but sadly most of their promises have not been realised.

Delhi Statehood: Despite tall claims in manifesto, Kejriwal remained loud on full statehood for Delhi, which is neither in his party’s hands nor Delhi Assembly, even if AAP is elected. Coming under the purview of the Centre and in this case BJP-ruled Union government, the promise of Delhi statehood may raise fears of anarchy once again.

The roadmap to achieve full statehood for Delhi is not possible without resorting to full-fledged agitation and confrontation with the Centre, which may invoke the fears of street agitation and hunger strikes by Kejriwal last year during the same period as chief minister in office.

Unless Kejriwal spells out how he intends to brings Delhi to full statehood, the manifesto would remain another document customary and cosmetic just before the elections.

Delhi goes to the poll Feb 7 and ballots will be counted Feb 10.


(With inputs from IANS)

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