Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.  (Mint)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (Mint)

Statehood for Delhi main Lok Sabha poll issue, says Arvind Kejriwal

  • The demand for statehood has been a key part of the Aam Aadmi Party's campaign
  • Delhi, which has seven Lok Sabha seats, goes to poll on 12 May

New Delhi: Days after the Election Commission announced the schedule for the Lok Sabha elections, Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the battle in Delhi would be fought over statehood, a long pending demand of the people.

Setting the agenda for the party's Lok Sabha campaign in Delhi, Kejriwal said, "The Lok Sabha elections will be fought on statehood. Like Telangana and Uttarakhand fought for a separate state, there will be a similar fight in Delhi as well."

The demand for statehood has been a key part of the party's campaign. The AAP is running a ground campaign on the issue. Kejriwal had also announced an indefinite fast, which was called off later.

"The internal surveys that we have done show that the people of Delhi will elect AAP leaders to get statehood for Delhi. People are excited about getting statehood for Delhi," Kejriwal said.

Delhi, which has seven Lok Sabha seats, goes to poll on 12 May.

A day after Congress President Rahul Gandhi officially ruled out an alliance with the AAP in Delhi, Kejriwal said that there had been no communication between the two parties.

"Without an alliance, the AAP will win seven seats. We have no communication from their side. The official communication was the Sharad Pawar meeting, where RG said no. Second was the statement given by (Sheila) Dikshit," he said. 

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