On Tuesday, Congress has assured “full statehood to Puducherry” but stop short of making the same commitment for Delhi, if the party comes to power.

In its manifesto, Congress has promised to amend the Government of NCT of 1991 Delhi Act, so the lieutenant governor act on the aid and advice of the council of ministers, except over the matter concerning the “three reserved subjects”, a clear reference to police, land, and public order.  

Puducherry and Delhi have legislative assemblies but doesn’t enjoy the power of full statehood as the lieutenant governor plays a lead role in administering both the states.

Under “Federalism and Centre-State relations” section, the grand old party’s manifesto stated, “Congress promises to amend the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991 to make it clear that the Lieutenant Governor shall act on the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers except in matters concerning the 3 reserved subjects.”

It continued, “Congress promises full statehood to Puducherry.”

Delhi’s AAP Government and Puducherry’s Congress Government have been at loggerheads with the offices of the LG, alleged them of not allowing Chief Electoral Minister to operate.

Highlights the troubles faced by states like Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claims that he cannot even hire a peon without the consent of the LG.

The services also includes the transfer of officers, which also comes under the purview of the LG.

In Delhi, AAP has been seeking an alliance with Congress. The party has also been running a campaign for ‘full statehood’ in Delhi.

The grand old party has also promised to restore “Special Category Status” to the North Eastern States, enhance financial aid to withdraw the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill.

The Congress has promised to Autonomous District Councils, and restore ”Special Category” status to the northeastern states as well.

Congress will also offer “Special Category Status” to Andhra Pradesh, added the manifesto.

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