Aam Aadmi Party president and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that he would start an indefinite hunger strike demanding complete statehood for Delhi next month.
In the assembly, Mr Kejriwal said, “From 1st March I will begin a hunger strike. I am going to fast till we get statehood. I am ready to face death.”
Mr Kejriwal told reporters, “Democracy has been implemented in the entire nation, but not Delhi. Public votes and selects a government, but the government has no power. So we’re starting a movement on March 1 and I’ll sit on indefinite fast for the full statehood of Delhi.”
The decision comes after the Supreme Court said last week that the centre and not the Delhi government, had the power to order investigations against corrupt officers in the capital, in a huge blow to Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government.
The top court also left the decision on who controls Delhi officers to a higher bench following a split verdict between two judges.
Addressing the centre and state governments, which have fought bitterly for the last four years, the court said “mutual cooperation is essential” to serve people.
“The Supreme Court order goes against democracy,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said. He said his government will seek legal remedies.
Delhi is not a full state, so the city government has limited powers. The centre has jurisdiction over land, law and order and police.