Debating India


Cabinet clears statehood for Delhi

Monday 11 August 2003

Article paru dans le Times of India, ?dition du 11 ao?t 2003.

NEW DELHI: Delhi on Monday marched towards full statehood after the Union Cabinet cleared a Bill to that end.

"It is a great day for Delhi. The Cabinet has cleared the bill for the statehood," Union Labour Minister Sahib Singh Verma said after the Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Verma said law and order, however, will remain with the Centre.

The Bill would be introduced in the current session of Parliament, Verma said.

He said bodies like the DDA which, at present, comes under the purview of the Centre, would fall under the jurisdiction of the Delhi Government once the Bill is passed.

Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani had announced on Sunday that the home ministry had already given shape to the Bill and it would be introduced in current session of Parliament.

Advani had said the Centre supported the demand for granting full statehood to Delhi and hoped entire Parliament will support the Bill.

The demand for granting full statehood to Delhi was also made by the Sheila Dikshit government in a letter to the Centre, Advani said.

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