Arvind Kejriwal said that for 70 years people of Delhi are being fooled. In 1949, India became a democratic country, but not Delhi. People here choose their government, but the government does not have the power.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has given an exclusive interview to Aaj Tak on raising the issue of giving full state status to Delhi. Kejriwal is going on an indefinite fast from the first of March in order to fulfil this demand
Here are some of the points from his interview:
He said that the previous leaders, Sheila Dikshit, Madan Lal Khurana or Sahib Singh Verma did not even have the full strength. Madan Lal Khurana had said in the Legislative Assembly that the strength of the Chief Minister of Delhi is not even equal to a peon.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee came to Delhi with a law to make Delhi a complete state, but the law had ended even after Parliament’s tenure was over. Sheila Dikshit also raised voice for 15 years.
Sheela ji had more power she could transfer any Delhi official. She could decide who would become Delhi’s Education, Health and Chief Secretary. After 3 months of forming our government, the Modi government took away this power from us by issuing a notification. Now the central government decides this work.
Despite all this, we made revolutionary decisions in the field of education, health, power and water, which no government has taken in 70 years. In a span of 15 years, the government has done nothing, as we accomplished in just four years.
He said if Delhi is given a full state status, every family of Delhi will have their own home within ten years. If Delhi is freed from the builder mafia, then everyone can get home. University has not been built for years in Delhi. We had told the Modi government that we have to open the colleges and be allowed to make a university. No decision has been taken in three years. Today, the parents of children who bring 95 per cent marks in Delhi are concerned, because there is no college to study here.
We wanted to install CCTV cameras in Delhi, for three years the Modi government sat down with the file. He himself went and got a sign on the file. From next week, CCTV cameras are going to be set up in Delhi.
He said the need of the country is to defeat the BJP. Our only goal is to defeat Amit Shah and Modi. I think that the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party coalition should be formed. If we both came together then the BJP would be wiped out but now, we will fight hard.
Today two lakh jobs can be made available in Delhi, but it is not in my hands. It is in in the hands of the government. If Delhi becomes a full state, then I can give government jobs to two lakh people immediately.
My fast is to organize the people of Delhi for the state’s agitation. Because parliment is ending soon, this is his only choice. The movement is starting from 1st March and this movement will continue till Delhi becomes a full state. My heart says that within two years, Delhi will get full state status.