Arvind Kejriwal’s surprising promise: AAP chief says his party will campaign for BJP if Delhi is granted full statehood

Surprising all present in the Assembly on Monday, Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal announced that his Aam Aadmi Party would campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the 2019 General Election if the Centre granted Delhi full statehood.

“We will make sure that each and every vote from Delhi goes in your favour,” Kejriwal said in the House. “We will campaign for you. If you don't grant Delhi statehood, residents of Delhi will put up boards saying ‘BJP leave Delhi’.”

The chief minister made the statement on Monday right before the Delhi Vidhan Sabha unanimously accepted a resolution on full statehood for Delhi. The resolution calls on the Ministry of Home Affairs to introduce a Bill in Parliament to grant Delhi full statehood. As a union territory, Delhi only has partial statehood, and the AAP government does not have control over land, the Delhi Police and law and order, which remain under the control of the Centre.

The AAP’s argument has been that an elected government cannot be without any power.

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