Demanding full statehood for Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that he will launch an indefinite fast from March 1.
“I will be on an indefinite hunger strike from March 1,” he said.
Kejriwal, while speaking on full statehood for Delhi during a discussion in the Assembly, said he will start a movement from March 1 and organise people undertake the fast.
“By giving us 67 of the 70 seats in Delhi, the city has done so much for us. From nowhere, it has made us ministers and MLAs. In return, even if we lose our lives, it will be less.
“From March 1, the movement for full statehood will be started. It will not end until the city is declared a full state,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief said.
Soon after announcing the indefinite fast, Kejriwal called a meeting of party MLAs at his residence. “The Chief Minister will meet all party MLAs at his residence at 10 pm to decide the strategy of the movement starting on March 1,” a senior AAP leader told IANS, adding that on Sunday there will be a meeting with all party office-bearers at 11 am at the Chief Minister’s house.
Kejriwal had on Wednesday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant full statehood status to Delhi. He was reacting to PM Modi’s tweet greeting Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram on their Statehood Day.
“Sir. Delhi is also waiting for its statehood day. You had promised to the people of Delhi that you would grant full statehood to Delhi. Kindly do it sir. People of Delhi have faced injustice for 70 years now,” Kejriwal had tweeted.
On July 1 last year, the Delhi Chief Minister addressed a massive gathering of party workers at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Stadium demanding full statehood for the national capital.
(With agency inputs)