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Arvind Kejriwal decides to seek a referendum – Will Delhi Become A State ?

by Gaurav SunejaJuly 7, 2015

Arvind Kejriwal decides to seek a referendum – Will Delhi Become A State ?

One of the promise that the Aam Aadmi Party did during the Delhi elections was to give Delhi a full statehood status. In order to fulfill his promise Arvind Kejriwal have decided to seek a referendum. Therefore,  a feasibility report has been sought by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from the urban development department for the same, a Delhi government official has confirmed.Probably, seeing that went to referendum, the AAP government has got over enthusiastic, but it should also be sure that whether they would be able to get an amendment done.

The opposition and experts are criticizing the move of AAP and are considering it to be unconstitutional as there is no provision of seeking ‘referendum’ in the Indian Constitution. When capital of India was shifted from Calcutta to Delhi in 1911 by the British government, they ensured not bring Delhi under a state, but it was given the status of British India. Delhi being the National Capital Territory (NCT) enjoys power more than that of Union Territory but less than that of a state. It is the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) who is the head of this quasi-state. He has control over land and law and order in Delhi. It is due to this reason the Delhi government wants Delhi to get full statehood status as most of the powers are in control of L-G and due to lack of power they are not able to make some decisions. After making Delhi as state the government in Delhi would be able to take decisions like any other state of our country. Hence, the government is trying to get the election commission itself hold the referendum as that will carry more weight. In case that is not possible, the state government is ready to carry a referendum on its own. The issue is reportedly being discussed by Kejriwal in meetings with his ministers. Ajay Maken slammed the AAP government and said that they would show the Arvind Kejriwal led party how to run an administration while staying within the existing Constitutional set up. Vijender Gupta, leader of the opposition said that every issue Mr. Kejriwal is raising is going to non-constitutional extremes.

Arvind Kejriwal decides to seek a referendum - Will Delhi Become A State ?

Arvind Kejriwal decides to seek a referendum – Will Delhi Become A State ?

The AAP has only three MPs in Lok Sabha and for constitutional amendment 2/3rd majority is needed. Then how they will be able to achieve this majority.  In India elections are held after every five years that serves as a referendum of the people of this country. Former secretary, Delhi Assembly, SK Sharma said that there is nothing  called a ‘referendum’ in Indian Constitution. An elected government shouldn’t talk in an extra-constitutional manner as it could be dangerous. There are ample references in our constitutional history and legislation were passed that clearly show that National Capital Territory (Delhi) can’t be under local government or local administration.

‘Referendum’ has always been a centerpiece of AAP politics. When the party decided to take the support of the Congress party to form a government in Delhi in 2014, it said that the decisions were only being taken after discussing with the people. But some of the people  believe that it is not always correct to ask people for each and every thing. They have been given the duty to take decisions to the elected government and should be capable of taking decisions. Now, let us see whether Delhi will attain a full statehood status or not.

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Gaurav Suneja
Gaurav Suneja
I am 21 years of age and I am pursuing B.Tech. from Delhi Technological University in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering. I like to watch news and other infotainment channels. My favorite sport is cricket. I also like to write articles in order to express my views on any current event.

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