New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s re-ignition of demands of statehood for the Capital met an early roadblock on Sunday when the Centre accused him of trying to divert the public’s attention from the failure of the second phase of Odd-Even.

The Centre also ‘reminded’ the Delhi CM that New Delhi was a Union Territory, ruled by the President through the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.

Kejriwal, on Saturday, the concluding day of the odd-even scheme part two, had announced that his government was ready with a draft Bill aimed at obtaining full-fledged statehood for Delhi.

“Draft Bill for Statehood of Delhi ready. Will be soon placed in public domain for comments n suggestions from public,” Kejriwal had tweeted.

According to a source, the Bill has been drawn up keeping ‘constitutional procedures and limitations in mind’ and would seek extension of the jurisdiction of the Delhi government over issues related to the police, law and order, and land all over Delhi.

Delhi’s statehood was among the significant promises the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had made in the run-up to the Assembly polls last year.

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