The Aam Aadmi Party said on Friday that it would kick off its campaign seeking public support for the demand of statehood for Delhi with a conference on July 1. This will be followed by a signature campaign from July 3 till July 25, the party said.
Addressing a press conference, AAP Delhi convener Gopal Rai said the party would aim at collecting 10 lakh signatures in support of its demand.
The AAP had announced earlier in June that it would hold 300 public meetings across the city starting June 17 as a part of the campaign .
However, that was put off as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and three ministers staged a sit-in inside Raj Niwas from June 11 till June 19.
Following this, Mr. Kejriwal had left for Bengaluru on June 21. AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh had said on June 18 that the signature campaign would be launched on June 19 but it did not happen.
With Mr. Kejriwal expected to return to Delhi on Saturday, the AAP’s campaign for full statehood for Delhi was likely to be rolled out this time.
After the conference, Mr. Rai said the signature campaign titled ‘Delhi Maange Apna Haq’ or Delhi demands its right would be launched from July 3. The letter with the signatures would be then sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said.
Mr. Rai said that the Delhi government is facing many problems as it does not have the powers of a full State. For instance, the work of constructing more schools and colleges, healthcare facilities and roads are being affected, he said. All the pending works would be carried out within a month if Delhi was given the status of a State.
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