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Cabinet clears statehood bill for Delhi
August 11, 2003 15:24 IST
Last Updated: August 11, 2003 20:38 IST
The Union Cabinet on Monday cleared a bill granting statehood to Delhi.
"It is a great day for Delhi," Union Labour Minister Sahib Singh Verma said after the meeting presided over by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Verma said law and order, however, will remain with the Centre.
The bill will be introduced in the current session of Parliament, Verma said.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit described the Bill as 'ambiguous' and said some of its provisions negate the concept of full statehood.
"We were neither informed nor consulted about the Bill. Whatever, we have come to know is through the media and according to the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's briefing," Dikshit told PTI.
Claiming the Bill had several 'grey areas', the chief minister said, "The fact is that police and public order remain under the Centre, which totally negates the concept of full statehood, so is the case with the provisions under which the Centre's directions, in case of differences with the Delhi government, were binding on the state government."
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