New Delhi: Reacting to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's demand for a Greece-style referendum on the issue of granting full statehood to Delhi, BJP leader Kiran Bedi on Monday said that having state within a state is not possible.
“Delhi is a Union Territory. You cannot have a state within a state,” Bedi was quoted as saying by ANI.
In a cabinet meeting last week, Kejriwal stressed that the priority of the urban development department of the Delhi government should be on statehood.
"A note regarding this has been sent to the urban development department," said a Delhi government official who did not want to be identified.
The official said Kejriwal also asked Delhi Law Minister Kapil Mishra to look into the legal aspects of the issue. At the cabinet meeting, he also asked for a bill on the statehood to be drafted, the official added.
Constitutionally, Delhi is a quasi-state with the Lieutenant Governor (LG) as the state head. The LG also has control over law and order and land in the National Capital Territory (NCT).
In the past, there have been demands from the Aam Aadmi Party for statehood for Delhi but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre has remained unmoved.
The power tussle between Kejriwal and Lt.Governor Najeeb Jung, has revived the issue.
(With Agency inputs)