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AAP plans two-day gherao at BJP, Congress offices from Sunday to press for full statehood to Delhi

New Delhi: Taking its demand for full statehood to Delhi to the next level in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, the ruling AAP will stage a two-day gherao at the offices of the BJP and the Congress from 10 March to press them to make their stand clear on the issue.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will also deploy 20 "mini prachar raths" (campaign vehicles) each in all seven Lok Sabha constituencies in the national capital, a move aimed at informing voters how the BJP and the Congress "misled" them on this issue.

Talking to reporters, AAP's Delhi convener Gopal Rai said he on 25 February had written to Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and state Congress president Sheila Dikshit, seeking clarity on their stand on the issue.

 AAP plans two-day gherao at BJP, Congress offices from Sunday to press for full statehood to Delhi

File image of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

"We have not got any reply to our letters from the Congress and the BJP so far. If the AAP does not get an answer till tomorrow, we will gherao the Delhi BJP office on 10 March and the state Congress office on 11 March," Rai said.

In the past, leaders of the BJP and the Congress have supported the demand for full statehood to the national capital, but the parties are now silent on it, the AAP leader said.

Giving details about the party's 'mini prachar rath', he said that e-rickshaws will be used for this purpose, which will play recorded audio and video speeches of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on how both the parties have "deceived" the people of Delhi on the issue.

Rai, a cabinet minister in the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government, accused the BJP-led central government of "misleading" the people of Delhi on the issue of unauthorised colonies for five years.

"Formation of the committee is just an eyewash. BJP leaders and Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri should apologise to Delhiites," he said.

On Thursday, the Centre approved a proposal to constitute a committee, under the chairmanship of Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal, to recommend a process to confer ownership or transfer rights to residents of unauthorised colonies.

The move, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, is likely to provide major relief to 30 percent of Delhi's population who live in unauthorised colonies amid a constant fear of action by authorities.

About the Centre's decision to approve three out of six corridors of Metro Phase-IV, Rai sought to know why the BJP-led central government did not give its nod to the rest of the corridors.

The Union Cabinet approved three — Mukundpur-Maujpur, R K Ashram-Janakpuri West and Aero City-Tughlakabad — of the six corridors proposed under Metro Phase-IV.

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Updated Date: Mar 08, 2019 20:22:07 IST