AAP To Move Privilege Notice Against Rajnath Singh For 'Misleading' Parliament

| August 8 , 2018 , 10:31 IST

Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday said that it would be submitting a privilege motion against Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for 'misleading' the Parliament on the demand for statehood for Delhi.

AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj in a tweet announced that AAP will give privilege motion in Parliament to initiate content proceedings against Rajnath Singh.

"Our Party Member of Parliament will give privilege notice in Parliament to initiate contempt proceedings against the Minister for deceiving Parliament and Delhi people," said Bharadwaj.

In the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Congress leader Professor K.V. Thomas asked the Home Affairs Minister three questions regarding the statehood of Delhi, namely, whether there is a demand to give statehood to Delhi, if so, what is the policy of the government and by which time a final decision would be taken.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir responded on behalf of Rajnath Singh, saying that there had been no demand for Delhi's statehood, and therefore the other two questions were irrelevant.

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AAP's Bharadwaj condemned the response as shameful and shared a resolution passed by the Delhi government and sent to the Home Ministry on June 11 this year regarding statehood for Delhi.

"The Central Minister misled the Lok Sabha because they did not want to tell the stand of Central Govt on Statehood of Delhi.( Part B of Question) Is it not shameful for a party (BJP) which is demanding statehood for Delhi since 1954 ?" Bharadwaj said.

"Modi Govt lied to the Parliament today while answering to the Question on Delhi Statehood demand. The Minister said there is no demand for statehood. Attached is a Delhi Govt's resolution passed by Assembly & sent to same Home Ministry on 11.06.2018. Open Contempt of Parliament," he said.

"The proposal was not a private Bill, it was the Delhi government's resolution," Bhardwaj said, regarding the June 11 document, adding that copies of the document were sent to Lt. Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

"Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had made this proposal. The resolution was passed and sent to the Central government," he said.