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More support for Arvind Kejriwal, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray speaks to Delhi CM, backs his demands

Hours after BJPs Bihar ally Janata Dal (United) extended support to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the ruling dispensations oldest ally Shiv Sena also threw its weight behind the Aam Aamdi Party (AAP) leaders demands including the grant of more power to the government in the Union Territory. Sena leader Sanjay Raut told news agency ANI that party chief Udhhav Thackeray has dialed CM Kejriwal to convey his support, adding that an elected government has full right to work for its people. Uddhav Thackeray had a conversation with him and said that Kejriwal has the right to work for Delhi because they are the elected government, The development comes as a huge embarrassment to the BJP-led Centre which has so far not intervened into the ongoing standoff between Delhi CM Kejriwal and the L-G and chose to target the AAP calling its dharna a drama. Today is the eighth day of Kejriwal and his colleagues protest at L-G Anij Baijals residence seeking his help in ending the four-month-long strike by bureaucrats who, he says are not listening to the ministers. This is not the first time when the L-G and the Delhi CM has have found themselves locked in a bitter fight. In the last three years, the CMs office and Raj Niwas witnessed several ups and downs over who has the final authority. Delhi is the national capital and a Union Territory. It is governed by an elected state government and Centre nominated Lieutenant Governor. Several departments like land, police, services come directly under the jurisdiction of the central ministries. This puts the national capital in a strange situation, resulting in the current crisis. Kejriwals immediate demands include the Centres intervention to end the boycott of officers; action against officers who have hampered the governance in last four months; clearance to doorstep scheme of delivery of ration and full statehood for Delhi. As far as full statehood for Delhi is concerned, it needs Constitutional amendments. The contentious issue has always figured in the manifestoes of all parties but the complexity of matter has not let governments take this forward.

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