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Kejriwal govt to make 'Draft Bill for Statehood of Delhi' public
Saturday April 30, 2016 6:16 PM, Agencies

New Delhi: Delivering on its promise made to the public in its election manifesto for the Delhi assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi Government is soon likely to make public its Draft Bill on full statehood for Delhi, seeking their suggestions in this regard.

"Draft Bill for Statehood of Delhi ready. Will be soon placed in public domain for comments n suggestions from public," tweeted Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday afternoon.

Well-informed sources within the government told ANI that the Draft Bill would in particular put emphasis on the area falling under the ambit of New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and is governed by the NDMC Act. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs exercises control over the NDMC area.

In its election manifesto, the AAP had promised to take forward the demand forfull statehood to Delhi, which was also in the manifestos of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party.

As the full statehood demand was common across the political spectre, the AAP government is hopeful that it would be able to garner support from theses parties.

"Elections in Delhi since 1993 have been fought on the issue of full statehood. Therefore, the Draft Bill should be presented in Parliament, where the stand taken by various parties, particularly the Congress and the BJP, will be central to its passage," said AAP's Delhi convenor Dilip Pandey.

The Draft Bill will be made public in the coming week. Once the consultation process is over, the Draft Bill will be tabled before the Delhi cabinet, followed by a resolution that will be tabled in a special session of the Delhi assembly," said government sources.

The resolution will further recommend for a constitutional amendment, which will only be done by Parliament, they added.

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