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Kejriwal raises stakes for 2019 election, says Delhi will vote for full statehood


New Delhi, Mar 12: Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday reiterated his demand for full Statehood for Delhi as he raised the stakes for the Lok Sabha elections.

Arvind Kejriwal

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kejriwal said the Centre was creating hurdles in Delhi's functioning and had been unfair to the people.

"Delhi will vote for full statehood and people here will vote against Prime Minister Narendra Modi," Kejriwal said while addressing a press conference here.

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"AAP's core focus in the capital has been on development, but the law and order situation is crumbling under the BJP-rule," he said, citing examples of how the police in the state doesn't listen to the state goverment.

On being asked its alliance partners, the chief minister said, "We are not in talks with the Congress over alliance. We will be fighting the elections on our own."

AAP is set to contest on all seven seats in Delhi and the demand for full statehood has been the party's major political plank. The party has already declared names of candidates on six of the seven seats in Delhi.

The candidate on West Delhi seat is likely to be announced soon. The party launched its mega poll campaign, centred around full statehood for Delhi, on Sunday.

The party volunteers will also distribute Kejriwal's letter to doorsteps of the voters during the campaign. The letter will elaborate the benefits Delhiites will have if full statehood is achieved.

Elections to the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held on May 12.

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