Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kailash Vijayvargiya on Friday lashed out at Arvind Kejriwal for mooting the idea of a referendum on complete statehood for Delhi on the lines of Brexit and said the Chief Minister is known to rake-up new issues to hide the failures of his government.
“A referendum should conducted to decided whether he (Arvind Kejriwal) fulfilled the promises made to people before polls. He had said that AAP would provide free Wi-fi across Delhi, has he fulfilled the promise? First he should fulfill promises. Just to hide the failure of his government, he keeps raking up new issues,” Vijayvargiya said.
Hours after the European Union referendum results were declared on Friday afternoon, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo said a similar referendum will be conducted in the Delhi to assess the people’s mood for granting complete statehood for Delhi.
“After UK referendum, Delhi will soon have a referendum on full statehood,” he tweeted.
Earlier in the day, AAP leader Ashish Khetan took to Twitter and said, “After the UK referendum on EU exit, it’s time to have a referendum on full statehood of Delhi. In a democracy the will of the people is supreme.”
Last month, Kejriwal made public a draft bill on Delhi’s statehood which did not include certain areas, forcing the BJP to state that only Parliament was empowered to prepare and pass the law in the matter as per the Constitution.
The AAP-led Delhi Government has been demanding full statehood status for the national capital since long and it has locked horns with the NDA-led BJP regime at the Centre and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on the media.
While statehood for Delhi was part of the AAP’s manifesto, the BJP which had been raising the issue for years, kept mum on it ahead of the February 2015 state elections.