Kejriwal discusses Delhi's statehood with Rajnath Singh

AAP's chief minister-designate says the union minister assured the AAP of the central government's "constructive cooperation".


Published: Thu 12 Feb 2015, 10:20 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:44 PM

 Arvind Kejriwal hugs President Pranab Mukherjee before their meeting at Rashtrapati Bhavan. -Reuters 

New Delhi - A day after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) registered a historic victory in the Delhi assembly polls, chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday sought the centre's cooperation to ensure full statehood for Delhi.

Kejriwal, the AAP's convenor, meanwhile, declined to take the Z security cover accorded to him, party sources said after he called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his official residence.

Delhi's full statehood was one of the major poll promises of the AAP.

"We asked them to support full statehood to Delhi. Both (AAP and BJP) the parties are in a majority and it is the best time to avail the opportunity of granting full statehood to Delhi," AAP leader Manish Sisodia, who accompanied Kejriwal during the half-an-hour meet, told reporters.

He also said that the union minister assured the AAP of the central government's "constructive cooperation" and that "the party line would not come in between working of the two governments".

Earlier in the day, the AAP leaders called on union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu at his office and discussed various issues concerning the national capital.

During this meeting, issues related to granting full statehood to Delhi and giving land from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for building schools, parking lots and play grounds were discussed.

The AAP leaders also discussed regularisation of the city's unauthorised colonies.

At the meeting, Naidu emphasised the need for a pro-active role of the Delhi government in mobilising investments for housing including slum re-development, solid waste management and sanitation.

Naidu also said that prompt action needs to be taken to allot over 24,000 houses that were constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

Kejriwal also met Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and conveyed to him that he had been elected the leader of the AAP legislature party.

Kejriwal, to be sworn-in as Delhi's chief minister on Saturday at the Ramlila Ground for a second time, also met President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the evening.

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