News By/Courtesy: Kaushal Shah | 28 Apr 2019 0:05am IST

On 25th  April, 2019, the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal assailed into Congress president Rahul Gandhi for failing to form an alliance with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the state. At the launch of AAP’s manifesto, he held that “if Modi, Shah return to power, only Gandhi will be responsible” and vowed that the party “will do everything to stop the Shah-Modi duo”.

Releasing the manifesto, Kejriwal addressed a larger audience since his party is also contesting elections in other states like Haryana and Punjab.

He declared that “We will support any grand alliance government to stop the Modi-Shah duo at all costs. The 2019 election is to save the nation, save the constitution. We are Indians first, then Hindu or Muslim,” he said.

The Delhi chief minister said “his party would support any “secular mahagathbandhan” following the elections, since no major alliance has been formed as yet.

The party’s manifesto has made full statehood for Delhi its main plank. It states that “AAP will fight to get statehood for Delhi” as several powers would flow through it. “With statehood, we will get Delhi Police answerable to state chief minister,” it pointed out. Kejriwal also noted that “We will fight our battle on the issue of getting full statehood for Delhi.”

Further, the party has also promised to fill vacant government posts. It said: “Two-thirds of posts in Delhi Police are vacant”. It also seeks that “85% of Delhi government jobs should be reserved for those who are staying in Delhi.”

The cosmopolitan nature of the capital city and greater reservation for people living in Delhi has been ignored by the parties manifesto. “We seek reservation for students who will clear 12th standard from Delhi in Delhi University.”

The party has also promised that within a week of getting statehood, it would make all contract workers permanent.

It would build more houses for the people of Delhi and also the three municipal corporations not reporting directly to the elected Delhi government, it said if the demand for full statehood is met would address this issue and help in making the city cleaner.

Section Editor: Shreyashi Tiwari | 28 Apr 2019 0:17am IST

Tags : #Delhi #AAP #Grand_Alliance #Statehood

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