Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal demanded statehood for both the Delhi and Puducherry, saying people in these two union territories should not be discriminated against.
Kejriwal, who was en-route to Puducherry from Chennai to express solidarity with chief minister V Narayanaswamy who is locked in a turf war with Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi. He alleged that the situation in the two union territories was the same.
Narayanaswamy and his cabinet colleagues along with the MLAs of both Congress and DMK have been staging a dharna against Bedi in front of the Raj Nivas in Puducherry since 13th February. They are protesting against her negative stand towards various proposals of the territorial government.
Kejriwal said that the LG of Puducherry is creating a lot of hurdles in the development work and creating problems for the elected government. He further added that his party was facing exactly similar problems in Delhi.
"I have come to express solidarity with Puducherry chief minister V Narayanaswamy. We will demand that both Delhi and Puducherry be made full (fledged) states. There is no reason why people of these states should be discriminated against," he said.
On being asked if his party would contest from Tamil Nadu or would extend support to other parties, he said that it would be made known later.