Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that his government is ready with the draft bill for full statehood of Delhi.
Draft Bill for Statehood of Delhi ready. Will be soon placed in public domain for comments n suggestions from public
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 30, 2016
The government will soon make public the Draft Bill and seek comments and suggestions from the masses. After receiving suggestions from people, it will be then tabled in Delhi Cabinet for its approval. Once the Draft Bill is passed by the Cabinet, it will then be tabled in Delhi Assembly.
If the Bill gets passed there, government will send it to the Centre for Constitutional amendment. In the end the final decision on the full statehood for Delhi will be taken in Parliament.
Ever since he came to power, Kejriwal has been demanding full statehood of Delhi.
The full statehood demand also includes control over Delhi Police and other central government agencies like Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Municipal Corporation Of Delhi (MCD).
However, officials say the Draft Bill may exclude New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area which houses most of the central government buildings including Rashtrapati Bhavan, residences of the vice president, the prime minister and foreign missions from the jurisdiction of statehood.
According to experts, the Centre will not allow a state to control its offices, establishments, cantonments and services as most of the important buildings fall under the NDMC area.
As per the Constitution, Delhi is just a quasi-state with the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) as the head of the state and having complete control over law and order, land and services. The L-G reports to the Union home ministry.
In case of Delhi getting full statehood, the DDA, law and order and even the three municipal corporations would come under the jurisdiction of the Delhi government. AAP thinks this will lead to better implementation of projects and better coordination among various arms of the government.
In its reaction, the BJP said the talk of full statehood for Delhi has been again floated by Kejriwal government to create a new clash point with the Centre.
Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said that all along he has created an atmosphere of conflicts where the centre cannot be expected to allow statehood for the national capital.
The lack of full statehood to Delhi had led to many a times the BJP-led Centre clashing with the AAP over matters of jurisdiction.